FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - Retail sales have declined in the United Kingdom in December, for the first time since March, with sales of non-food shops dropping sharply on the, according to the latest sales report by National Statistics.

Sales declined 0.4% from November to October, posting the sharpest decline since January 2007, wit hsales on food stores 0.9% below the level of November, instead of the 0.2% increase expected by the analysts, sales for non-specialised stores dropped 4.3% on the month, their biggest drop since 1994.

On the three months to December, retail sales rose by 0.4% over the previous three months, with food sales increasing 0.3% from the previous three months. Sales in the three months to December were 3.6% above the same period last year.