UK retail sales ended last year badly and they seem to have started this year in just the same way, with no let-up expected in February either. Sales volumes were flat year-on-year for the third consecutive month.
Brexit will happen after the Conservatives won a resounding majority in the general election but we don't know what sort of Brexit it will be with the chances of both a hard and soft EU exit potentially having risen.
British shoppers picked up the pace of their spending last month - excluding distortions caused by the timing of Black Friday - as they took a break from worrying about Brexit, a survey showed on Tuesday.
When a report headline says “Retail sales cease their decline in November”, it might not seem like the most exciting news in the world. But in volatile times such as these, it came as a relief to the UK retail sector.
British shoppers grew more cautious about their spending in the three months to September despite rising wages, official figures showed on Thursday, raising concerns about the economy in the run-up to Brexit.