In Quarter 1 2012, the private sector employment indicator in London, South East and East stood at 60.1 per cent, remaining broadly unchanged compared with the same quarter a year ago.
In the same quarter, the indicator for the rest of England saw a statistically significant increase of 1.1 ppts to 55.1 per cent compared with the same quarter a year ago. This increase was driven by a rise in private sector employment and falls in inactivity and public sector employment.
England as whole registered a statistically significant rise (0.8ppt) in the indicator on the same quarter a year ago, mainly as a result of rising private sector employment and declining inactivity. All English regions experienced a rise in the indicator with the North East recording the largest increase
The cost of crime has risen significantly again this year, rising by 15.6 per cent, to an overall cost of £1.6 billion
The number of incidents has also risen in the majority of offences, with the exception of robbery, which has remained stable and violence against staff, which has reduced by 55 per cent when compared to the previous year
Customer theft continues to be the most prevalent when looking at the number of incidents, however, e-crime now equates to the most costly type of crime affecting the sector
Expenditure on crime and loss prevention had risen by 7.1 per cent when compared with the previous year
Despite the increase in the number of incidents and overall cost of crime, there has been a significant reduction in the number of offences being reported to the police
Systematic targeting of higher value goods by organised criminals is pushing up the cost of retail crime but the proportion of shoplifting incidents reported to police has plummeted to just one in eight – highlighting just how much there is to do to build retailers’ confidence in the way police forces respond
Retail crime doesn’t only impact on its direct victims but on wider communities. It damages the reputation of local areas and those who steal from shops commit other sorts of crime
Footfall in December was 1.2% lower than a year ago, a poorer performance than the 0.4% rise the previous month, with the hardest-hit parts of the UK being Wales (-11.5%), the East of England (-7.1%) and the North & Yorkshire (-4.8%).
But there was considerable variation across nations/regions, with increases reported in the West Midlands (10.0%), Scotland (6.2%) and Greater London (3.1%).
Although shoppers are making fewer trips they are spending more per visit