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Vince Cable: Fall in retail sales shows brutal reality of Brexit hitting consumers

June 15, 2017 1:00 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Retail sales fell by 1.2% between April and May, worse than economists had expected, figures from the Office for National Statistics have shown.

The ONS said that average store prices have risen by 2.8% over the year, which has been a significant factor in slowing growth.

Liberal Democrat MP Vince Cable said: "The economy has been kept going for a year on the basis of consumer debt, which was always artificial and unsustainable.

"The brutal reality of a hard Brexit is now starting to hit businesses and consumers.

"Unless the government takes a cross-party approach to Brexit, reflecting the need for compromise, we will inevitably see a continuing slowdown and possible slump in the economy."