Retail sales in January fell by 1.5% from December, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Further, the amount spent decreased by 1.8% in the same period.
Although a post-Christmas dip is normal, the fall was greater than expected, especially after December showed a 2.5% surge in sales.
This being said, the figures were positive compared to January 2013, with sales growing an extra 4.3% this year.
The ONS said:
“Despite this month-on-month fall the quantity bought in the retail industry still remains high. The underlying trend in the data as suggested by the three month-on-three month movement increased by 1.1% confirming growth in the retail industry.”
One of the most notable areas of growth was household goods, which showed an annual sales increase of 9.8% – the strongest rate since July 2007.
This being said, the ONS said the figure may have been affected by weak sales in January 2013 when trading was severely affected due to heavy snowfall across the country.
The amount spent online closely followed the amount spent in shops. There was an 8.9% compared to January 2013, but growth fell by 3.3% from December.