Shoppers held off from stocking up in September, according to new retail data, which revealed weak sales of food, footwear and clothing.
The amount of goods people bought last month was flat compared to August.
However, prices rose by 0.1% between August and September, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Analysts blamed the warmer weather in September for flat sales and cautioned falling sterling and rising inflation may impact future trade.
“Britain’s erratic weather has really taken its toll on retailers this year, and a warm September was the last thing that the high street needed,” said Keith Richardson, managing director of the retail sector at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.
“Deflationary pressures in food and fashion also contributed to a flat spend during the month as a whole.”
Source: BBC News Reference: www.bbc.co.uk/news