High street sales were flat in June despite expectations of growth from retailers, according to the CBI. The CBI’s Distributive Trades Survey, spanning the period 27 May to 15 June, found 33% of retailers saw sales volumes increase on a year ago and 34% saw volumes decline. It’s the first time in a year that sales have not grown and it compares to an increase of 18% last month; a decline of 5% was recorded in June 2010. It means the three-month moving average of sales volumes weakened slightly in June (+12%), compared to +18% in May. For the time of year sales were below average: 17% of retailers reported them to be good, 36% said they were poor, giving a balance of -19%. The June decline was mainly driven by a -2% fall in clothing sales, while grocers’ sales grew at their slowest pace (26%) in more than two years. Sales of durable household goods (-85%) and footwear and leather (-82%) fell “particularly rapidly”. Judith McKenna, chair of the CBI Distributive Trades Panel and ASDA chief financial officer, said: “After a year of growth, high street sales volumes fizzled out in June. Consumers are really feeling the pinch as disposable incomes continue to be squeezed by rising prices and weak earnings growth. “The cost of living is increasing and petrol prices have risen particularly sharply. Shoppers are budgeting hard and cutting back on their discretionary spending, such as on clothes and big ticket household goods. “Household budgets are likely to remain tight over the coming months, with inflation edging higher as increases in domestic gas and electricity prices take effect.” Sales are expected to be flat next month, CBI said.