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Rain 'causes retail suffering'

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has released figures showing that the March freeze cost small enterprises in the UK around £174 million, with footfall in the retail sector 5.2 per cent lower for the month than it was a year ago, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) revealed.

On average, every small firm lost around £1,580 and 2.2 days worth of trading, according to the findings. For the retail sector, however, March saw its weakest performance since April last year, when footfall dropped by 6.9 per cent.

Mike Cherry, national policy chairman for the FSB, commented: "Not only have they had to cope with a lack of demand for products but many have had to close [due to the weather]."

Nevertheless, retail statistics from the BRC showed that sales figures were still relatively strong, meaning that when people did bother to brave the wind and rain, they were spending money - which is arguably positive news that those in retail sales jobs can hold onto.

Aaron Wallis is a Milton Keynes recruitment business that specialises in sales recruitment. For Milton Keynes sales jobs, visit

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