UK retail sales fell for the third consecutive month in August, with food the only sector to see increased sales, as people chose to eat at home rather than dine out. Like-for-like high street sales last month were found to be 1% lower than a year before, according to the latest figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC). Food and drink, however, showed significant sales growth with retailers reporting higher sales of cheaper meat products, as consumers decided to cut costs by cooking at home instead of going out. The overall drop in retail sales was blamed on the wet weather, with this August shown to be the sixth wettest since records began in 1914. Total sales during the month rose 1.4%, with like-for-like sales between June and August 0.8% lower than the same three-month period in 2007. Stephen Robertson, director general of the BRC, said: “Miserable weather washed out hopes of a summer boost for retailers.”