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Consumer spending slows amid economic and political uncertainty

• Slowest increase in consumer spending since February 2014 • Transportation and communications dropped -5.2% year-on-year, driven by slowing growth in car sales • Clothing & Footwear retailers buck the trend, posting +4.2% year-on-year, its first rise in three months • Growth in e-commerce slows to +2.3% year-on-year while face-to-face expenditure falls slightly on an annual basis (-0.8%)

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High street enjoys a strong return in January

Headline findings: • Consumer spending rose +2.7% on an annual basis in January, the highest growth rate since May 2014 • Clothing & Footwear surged +5.0% from a dip in December, thanks to cold weather and January sales • High Street spending bounced back to an eight-month high

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