According to the new British Retail Consortium (BRC), May’s e-commerce sales grew at their slowest rate for more than four years.
Online sales of non-food products grew by 4.3% in May, this is down from 13.7% a year earlier. Non-food sales are at their lowest level since the BRC analysis started in December 2012, the BRC-KPMG Online Retail Sales Monitor found.
Across the UK retail industry, sales fell by 0.4% on a like-for-like basis from May 2016, when they had increased 0.5% from the preceding year. Sales rose by 0.2% on a total basis, down from growth of 1.4% a year earlier. This, said the BRC, was the lowest growth since January, once the distortions caused by a late Easter were taken into account.