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Retail sales in the U.K. were steady on a monthly basis, as gains recorded in clothing, fuel and non-store retailing were offset by declines in all other main sectors, data from the Office for National Statistics showed.

Seasonally adjusted sales volume was flat in April compared with an upwardly revised 1.2% growth in the previous month. The Econoday consensus projected sales would slip 0.6% in April.

In the three months to April, retail sales volume increased 1.8% compared with the prior three-month period, as non-store retailing growth reached a record high of 9.4%, led by online retailers selling clothing items.

Year over year, total sales volume climbed 5.2% in April, with increases recorded across all sectors except household goods, which declined 4.5%. The amount spent in the retail industry registered a 5.5% year-over-year increase.

Online sales as a proportion of total retail sales edged higher to 18.7% in April from 17.7% recorded in April 2018.