Sales of footwear in the U.K. suffered the biggest monthly year-on-year decline in 14 months during the month of July, according to the British Retail Consortium. Retailers attributed this to a lack of seasonal inventories, which had sold out during the end-of-season sales in June. Children's shoes performed better than women's and men's shoes, partly in expectation for the back-to-school season. Overall, the British retail sector enjoyed a 1.3 percent sales increase in July, led by furniture, but foods were down sharply.