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Department store sales rise for first time in 2019

Sales in department stores rose for the first time this year in July, the Office for National Statistics said, with data showing an unexpected rise in total retail sales in the month.
Monthly retail sales rose 0.2% - defying forecasts for a 0.2% fall - boosted by online sales.
Department stores rose 1.6%, reversing their decline through sales of clothes.
But over the three months to July, the ONS said growth in sales in all sectors was "only modest".
In the three months to July 2019, sales increased by 0.5% when compared with the previous three months, with food stores and fuel stores seeing a decline.
That is the lowest increase this year.
Rhian Murphy, head of retail sales at the ONS, said: "Retail sales saw only modest growth in the last three months,
"Although still declining across the quarter, there was an increase in sales for department stores in July for the first time this year.
Strong online sales growth on the month was driven by promotions."
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