UK retail sales fell by 0.3% in October 2016 compared with October 2017, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) who said it was the first annual fall since March 2013.

Higher inflation had dampened spending, the ONS said, but it also pointed to the fact that last October had seen very strong growth.

Taking the three months to October, sales volumes were up 0.9% compared with last year.

The ONS said this suggested the underlying pattern in the retail sector was one of growth.

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John has been with Wrigley Claydon for over 20 years, becoming a partner in 1995. Specialising in Employment Law, John helps clients with matters including the preparation of recruitment policies and employment contracts as well as advocating in employment tribunals in cases of unfair dismissal or discrimination. He also has considerable experience of dealing with landlord and tenant disputes and matters relating to business and company sales, commercial investment property transactions and lettings as well as residential estate and offshore property developments. “I know I’ve done a good job when the business doesn’t need me!” John is never happier than when spending time with his wife and 2 children, Lucy and Alex. John is Chair of Respect Our Community Awards (ROCA) and a board member of First Choice Homes Oldham. In his spare time, John is likely to be found either reading, cooking or walking Donnie the Golden Retriever.