UK retail sales down

UK retail sales, March 2014: BRC

  • UK retail sales were down 1.7% on a like-for-like basis from March 2013, when they had increased 1.9% on the preceding year.
  • On a total basis, sales were down 0.3%, against a 3.7% increase in March 2013.
  • The 3-month average total growth was 2.1%, just below the 12-month trend of 2.4%.
  • Online sales of non-food products in the UK grew 12.8% in March versus a year earlier.
    • The online penetration rate achieved 17.3% in March.
    • Excluding online sales, total Non-food sales would have shown a decline in March.

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