U.K. retail sales with auto fuel slipped 0.8% in February from a prior 0.9% advance in January, revised down to 0.3%, compared with estimates of -0.5%. The annual reading came in at 1.0% from a previous of 2.0%, which was revised to 1.4%, and compared with median forecasts of 2.4%.

The reading excluding auto fuel dropped 0.8% on the monthly basis, below estimates of -0.5% from the previous 1.2% rise, which was revised to 0.6%, while annually the reading recorded 1.0% from a prior of 1.9%, revised down to 1.1%, and forecast of 2.3%.