Household Survey

Integrated Household Survey April 2011 to March 2012: ONS

  • 1.5 per cent of adults in the UK identified themselves as Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual
  • 2.7 per cent of 16 to 24 year olds in the UK identified themselves as Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual compared with 0.4 per cent of 65 year olds and over
  • Across the UK, 78 per cent of men and 75 per cent of women reported that they perceived themselves to be ‘in good health’
  • Of the constituent countries of the UK, for the third successive year Wales has reported the lowest rate of perceived good health
  • In the UK, those aged 18 to 24 and who currently smoke are over twice as likely to have reported to be ‘not in good health’ compared with those that have never smoked

Business Register and Employment Survey

Business Register and Employment Survey, 2011: ONS

  • The number of employees in the UK showed a small fall of 0.2 per cent between September 2010 and September 2011
  • The number of full-time employees decreased by 124,000, while the number of part-time employees increased by 76,000
  • London had the largest growth in the number of employees, with an increase of 79,000. The South West had the largest fall in the number of employees, with a decrease of 41,000
  • Accommodation & food services was the industrial grouping with the largest growth in the number of employees, with an increase of 58,000. Public administration had the largest fall in the number of employees, with a decrease of 124,000

Slightly less of a decrease in GDP

Quarterly National Accounts, Q2 2012: ONS

  • UK gross domestic product (GDP) in volume terms decreased by 0.4 per cent between the first and second quarter of 2012, revised from a previously estimated decline of 0.5 per cent
  • Household final consumption expenditure decreased by 0.2 per cent in volume terms in the latest quarter, revised up from a previously estimated decline of 0.4 per cent

Consumer Trends

Consumer Trends, Q2 2012: ONS

  • In Q2 2012, the volume measure of household spending (adjusted for inflation) fell by 0.2 per cent (£527 million), the first contraction since Q3 2011. It was 5.5 per cent below the peak of Q4 2007, and 1.2 per cent higher than Q2 2009
  • In Q2 2012 the value of current price household spending (inflation included)  increased by 0.7 per cent on the quarter, meaning it was 9.5 per cent higher than Q4 2007
  • In Q2 2012, the value of UK household spending per head was £3,813. This was £214 higher than in Q4 2007, the peak of pre recession spending

A slight rise in retail sales volumes

Sales on the high street grow marginally: CBI Distributive Trades Survey

  • 33% of retailers reported that sales volumes were up on a year ago, and 27% stated that sales had fallen – an improvement on last month’s weaker performance
  • Looking ahead, retailers expect somewhat faster sales growth in the year to October
  • While the volume of orders placed on suppliers was broadly flat (+2%), this was still a marked improvement from last month’s year-on-year fall (-11%) and beat expectations of another decline (-8%)
  • For the fifth consecutive month, high street retailers considered the volume of sales to be significantly below average for the time of year