- Value of retail sales in March 2012 increased by 5.7 per cent when compared with March 2011 and by 1.8 per cent compared with February 2012
- Sales volumes in March 2012 increased by 3.3 per cent when compared with March 2011 and by 1.8 per cent compared with February 2012
- Internet sales values (non-seasonally adjusted) in March 2012 increased by 15.2 per cent compared with March 2011. Internet sales are now estimated to account for 8.5 per cent of all retail sales values excluding automotive fuel.
I took a few days off in the week of the budget. Is that such a bad thing? Most of it was flagged up beforehand anyway. But I’m still interested in the impact of the budget.
- Value of retail sales in February 2012 showed an increase of 3.2 per cent higher than February 2011.
- Sales volumes in February 2012 increased 1.0 per cent when compared with February 2011.
- The proportion of retail sales made via the internet is estimated to have been 10.7 per cent of all retail sales excluding fuel in February 2012.
- UK retail sales values were down 0.3% on a like-for-like basis from February 2011, when sales had fallen 0.4%.
- On a total basis, sales were up 2.3%, against a 1.1% increase in February 2011
- Food sales picked up, helped by stocking up in the very cold weather. Non-food weakened further, despite continued promotions and discounts. For clothing, footwear and homewares, February was worse than January and December, especially for larger purchases, hit by consumer caution.
Meanwhile, according to BDO:
- Overall like-for-like retail sales were down 1.5% on last year
- Online year-on-year sales up 27.9% for the month