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UK Shopping for New Clothes Plummeted in 2020

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Extended UK lockdowns and economic uncertainty saw clothes sales drop by 25 percent last year, according to official government figures, the largest decline since records began 23 years ago. While December did see a slight increase in demand, UK retail sales were still below analysts’ expectations and remain lower than pre-pandemic levels. Brick-and-mortar stores were hit hard — high street retailers including Topshop-Owner Arcadia and Debenhams were among those to file for administration — but online sales surged with e-tailers like Boohoo and Asos reporting strong sales throughout 2020.

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