Retail employment continues to decline in first quarter of 2017

The data from The British Retail Consortium shows that the number of full time jobs fell by 3.9% in the three months to 31 March compared with the same quarter a year ago. Food retailers experienced the biggest fall.

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This follows a 3% drop in the final quarter of 2016.

All three months of the first quarter reported a decline in full time employment, with January’s decline only marginally shallower than that seen in February and March.

Helen Dickinson BRC chief executive, explained: “Today’s fall in full-time equivalent employment from our sample of retailers shows a…