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British retail sales dropped during Olympics

British retail sales fell in August as the Olympics distracted shoppers and internet shopping plunged the most in almost five years.

20th September, 2012
Oxford Street in London: pictured during the Olympics

British retail sales fell in August as the Olympics distracted shoppers and internet shopping plunged the most in almost five years.

Sales including auto fuel declined 0.2 percent from July, the Office for National Statistics said today in London. Non-store retailing, predominantly online shopping, dropped 6.7 percent.

The decline was offset by a surge in sales of sporting goods and items such as bicycles.

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