First Retail Sales growth for 7 months

First Retail Sales growth for 7 months but little cheer in December

  • The CBI has published its latest monthly Distributive Trades Survey, which covers the first two weeks in December.
  • 41% of companies said sales rose on a year ago in Decembe, 32% reported a fall, giving a balance of +9%.
  • This was better than expected and the first year-on-year sales growth since May (+18%).
  • However, volumes of sales were poor for the time of year with a balance of -16% well below the long-run average.