Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) -- U.K. home sales declined to the lowest level since at least 1978 as Britain plunged deeper into a recession, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors said. Real-estate agents and surveyors sold an average of 10.6 homes in the quarter through November, the least since the series began three decades ago, RICS said today. A separate report showed retail sales fell in two consecutive months for the first time since at least 1995. The Bank of England last week reduced the benchmark interest rate to 2 percent, the lowest in a half-century, as policy makers sought to prevent deflation from taking hold in the economy. With homebuyers shunning the housing market and a squeeze on bank lending, central bank Governor Mervyn King has refused to rule out cutting the rate to zero. âThe problem is partly mortgage finance, but the other thing is the state of the economy,â Simon Rubinsohn, chief economist at RICS, said in an interview on Bloomberg Television. âPrices are continuing to fall fairly sharply.â The percentage of real-estate agents saying prices dropped exceeded those reporting gains by 76 percentage points, an indicator that has been negative since August 2007, RICS said. The index still rose for a third month to the highest level since February. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aWOd4MeQVgHc&refer=home To say it in ChurchilÂ´s words : "We shall never surrender."