English Business Survey

English Business Survey

Not a lot of change to report – but there are a couple of positive findings

  • In England more workplaces, weighted by employment, reported higher rather than lower output in March 2012 compared with December 2011.
  • A higher share of workplaces, weighted by employment, reported that output was higher rather than lower in March 2012 compared with March 2011.

Retail sales

Retail Sales, April 2012: ONS

  • All retail sales values in April 2012 increased by 0.4 per cent when compared with April 2011. This is the slowest rate of growth since January 2010 when sales values where also 0.4 per cent higher compared with a year ago.
  • Sales volumes in April 2012 decreased by 1.1 per cent when compared with April 2011. This is the largest fall in sales volume year-on-year growth since August 2011 when sales volumes fell by 1.2 per cent.

April was a washout for a range of retailers – BRC