Rising input costs have become a problem for retail businesses (Source: Getty)

Job losses in the retail sector have accelerated in the first quarter of 2017.

According to new figures from the British Retail Consortium, the number of full time jobs in the sector fell 3.9 per cent year-on-year last quarter.

The recent losses add to the estimated 84,000 jobs slashed in the final quarter of 2016, when the BRC’s figures showed the number of jobs fell by three per cent.

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