European retail trade down

European Retail Trade volumes, Oct 2013: Eurostat

  • In October 2013 compared with September 2013, the seasonally adjusted volume of retail trade fell by 0.2% in the euro area (EA17) and by 0.4% in the EU28
  • In September retail trade decreased by 0.6% and 0.4% respectively.
  • In October 2013 compared with October 2012 , the retail sales index fell by 0.1% in the euro area and rose by 0.5% in the EU28.
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European retail trade

European retail trade, Sept 2012: Eurostat

  • In September 2012 compared with August 2012, the volume of retail trade fell by 0.2% in the euro area (EA17) and rose by 0.1% in the EU27.
  • In August retail trade increased by 0.2% in the euro area and remained stable in the EU27.
  • In September 2012, compared with September 2011, the retail sales index fell by 0.8% in the euro area and increased by 0.3% in the EU27.

Retail Sales

Retail Sales, Aug 2012: ONS

  • In August 2012 retail sales were estimated to have increased compared with August last year, continuing the underlying year-on-year upwards movements we have seen in the retail sector since August 2011. However, this is not a long term pattern for the volume of sales which overall, between 2007 and 2012 have been relatively flat.
  • Compared with August 2011, in August 2012 the amount of goods bought in the retail sector (all retailing seasonally adjusted sales volumes) was estimated to have increased by 2.7 per cent. Over the same period, the amount spent in the retail sector (all retail seasonally adjusted sales values) was estimated to have increased by 3.0 per cent.
  • The amount of goods bought in retail stores (August 2012 compared with July 2012) fell by 0.2 per cent following a 0.3 per cent rise in July 2012. Over the same period, the amount spent was estimated to have increased by 0.2 per cent following a 0.7 per cent increase in July 2012.
  • Annual estimated store price inflation remained at 0.2 per cent. As included in the Consumer Prices Index the main source of downward pressure came from a fall in prices at stores selling household goods and clothing.
  • The average weekly spend for all retailing in August 2012 was £6.5 billion; compared with £6.6 billion in July 2012 and £6.3 billion in August 2011.
  • The proportion of Internet sales decreased by 0.9 per cent between July and August 2012. Compared with a year ago, the proportion of Internet sales in August 2012 increased by 0.3 per cent. In August 2012 the estimated average weekly spend online was £466.1 million.

The British Retail Consortium thought that the official retail figures were ‘surprisingly strong‘ and said “As the vital run-up to Christmas begins, retailers are still looking for a convincing revival in consumers’ confidence and willingness to spend”.

 

Euro retail trade

Euro retail trade volume down in July: Eurostat

  • In July 2012 compared with June 2012, the volume of retail trade fell by 0.2% in the euro area (EA17)
  • It remained stable in the EU27
  • In June retail trade rose by 0.1% and 0.2% respectively
  • In July 2012, compared with July 2011, the retail sales index fell by 1.7% in the euro area and by 0.2% in the EU27

High Street Sales

High Street Sales Tracker – August: BDO

  • Like-for-like sales at mid-tier retailers dipped by 0.5% last month
  • Fashion sales were down 1.3% year-on-year
  • Homewares sales down 8.7%
  • Non-fashion like-for-like rise of 3.1%

Footfall weakening

BRC Footfall & Vacancies Monitor

  • Footfall in the three months to July was 2.3% lower than a year ago, worse than the 2.0% fall in the previous quarter.
  • Footfall weakened in all types of locations, particularly high streets with a 5.5% fall, compared with out-of-town down 1.2% and shopping centres down 0.4%.
  • The hardest-hit locations in the past three months were Greater London (-8.9%), Scotland (-8.2%), and the East (-7.3%).
  • The national town centre vacancy rate in the UK was 11.4% in July 2012 (high streets and shopping centres), up from 11.2% in July 2011 when this survey began.

Retail Sales Monitor

Retail Sales Monitor, July 2012: BRC

  • UK retail sales values were up 0.1% on a like-for-like basis from July 2011, when they were up 0.6% on a year ago.
  • On a total basis, sales were up 2.0%, against a 2.5% rise in July 2011.
  • Online (including mail-order and phone) sales of non-food items showed strong growth, up 15.6% against growth of 9.6% last year.