Sales fell in October by 0.1 per cent compared to the previous month according to the Office for National Statistics.
It was the same last year only for November to show an increase of 1.3 per cent due to Black Friday and heavy discounting that month.
However, this year will it be the same? Are consumers concerned about the economy, about the election and about Brexit? Are they saving money instead of spending until some certainty comes over the horizon?
If so, it is likely that before the first quarter of 2020 we will see further retail casualties changing the face of our high streets even more.
UK retail sales unexpectedly dropped last month raising concern about whether consumer spending would continue to provide support to the slowing economy.