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UK statistics agency postpones retail data, cites technical issues
September 6, 2017 / 4:36 PM / 3 months ago

UK statistics agency postpones retail data, cites technical issues

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s Office for National Statistics will delay the publication of retail sales data for August, originally scheduled for Sept. 14, because of technical issues, it said on Wednesday.

Shoppers walk past a sale sign in central London, Britain June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Toby Melville

“ONS has experienced a delay in processing survey data from the Retail Sales Inquiry,” it said a statement.

“There is no risk to the security of the data, but in order to complete the necessary processing and quality assurance to meet ONS’s highest standards, it is necessary to postpone the publication of the Retail Sales Index data and bulletin for August.”

The ONS said it would announce a new publication date as soon as the problems are resolved.

Reporting by Andy Bruce; editing by Stephen Addison

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