UK: online boosts retail, but ASDA warns on Brexit2019|01:03
British consumers - taking Brexit in their stride. Or perhaps not. Two UK headlines on Thursday (August 15) paint different pictures. July saw a surprise 0.2 per cent rise in retail sales, according to official data. A fall had been forecast. Online sales jumped nearly 7 per cent. But household goods stores reported their biggest monthly drop in two years. And with the overall trend still softening, retailers won't - says the UK stats office - be "getting carried away" with the numbers. Retailers like ASDA. It on Thursday warned Brexit uncertainty WAS hitting customers. The UK arm of Walmart reported a small rise in Q2 sales. But boss Roger Burnley said that although ASDA's food food business performed well, non-food was - quote - challenged". He also noted an almost six-year low in consumer confidence, adding to signs that consumers could turn more cautious as the political crisis over the UK's exit from the EU drags on.