RTTNews - Retail sales in the UK dropped again in May after showing some improvements in April, the latest distributive trades survey carried out by the Confederation of British Industry or CBI showed Thursday.

The CBI said 48% of retailers surveyed said year-on-year sales volume was down in the first half of May, while 31% said sales grew. The resulting balance was minus 17%, down from plus 3% recorded in the previous month.

The CBI said a similar decline in sales is expected in June with the balance showing minus 20%, severe than minus 15% recorded for May. The business lobby said retail-trading conditions are expected to remain tough in May.

Retailers are less pessimistic about their general business situation, and the decline in demand now appears to be slowing compared with the turn of the year. However, with unemployment still rising, conditions will remain tough, CBI's Chief Economic Adviser Ian McCafferty said.

Andy Clarke, Chairman of the CBI Distributive Trades Panel said, Conditions were tough again in May for retailers, proving April's better sales figure was a temporary blip. Trading conditions are expected to remain difficult in June.

The harsh reality is consumers need good reason to part with their hard-earned cash, Clarke added.

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