UK retail sales fell in November, according to official figures, despite analysts' predictions of a rise.
Sales were down 0.3% according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS). That compares with a rise of 0.6% in October.
The ONS blamed a sharp fall in sales at non-specialist retailers, including department stores.
The figures came as a surprise to many economists, who had hoped for consumer spending to fuel economic recovery.
Source: BBC News