Retail sales increase

Retail Sales, September 2012: ONS

  • Compared with September 2011, in September 2012 the amount of goods bought in the retail sector (all retailing seasonally adjusted sales volumes) was estimated to have increased by 2.5 per cent. Over the same period, the amount spent in the retail sector (all retailing seasonally adjusted sales values) was estimated to have increased by 3.2 per cent.
  • Looking at the monthly picture, it is estimated that the amount of goods bought in the retail sector (September 2012 compared with August 2012) increased by 0.6 per cent following a 0.1 per cent fall between July 2012 and August 2012. The amount spent was estimated to have increased by 1.1 per cent between August 2012 and September 2012 following a 0.2 per cent increase between July 2012 and August 2012.
  • Annual store price inflation was estimated to have increased to 0.7 per cent. Looking at the monthly picture the prices of goods sold in the retail sector were estimated to have increased by 1.3 per cent. Consistent with the Consumer Prices Index the main source of upward pressure came from a rise in prices at stores selling textiles, clothing and footwear.
  • The average weekly spend across all retailing in September 2012 was estimated at £6.6 billion; compared with £6.5 billion in August 2012 and £6.4 billion in September 2011.
  • The proportion of Internet sales was estimated to have increased by 0.5 per cent between August and September 2012. Compared with a year ago, the proportion of Internet sales in September 2012 was estimated to have increased by 0.5 per cent. In September 2012 the estimated average weekly spend on line was £507.8 million.
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