Retail sales increase – highest year-on-year growth

Retail Sales, April 2014: ONS

  • In April 2014, the quantity bought in the retail industry increased by 6.9% compared with April 2013 and by 1.3% compared with March 2014. This was the highest year-on-year growth in the quantity bought since May 2004 and continued a pattern of year-on-year growth since early 2013.
  • The underlying pattern, as expressed by the rolling three-month-on-three month growth rate, was one of growth, with the quantity bought increasing by 1.8%.  This was the highest since March 2004 and was the 14th consecutive month of three month-on-three month growth in the quantity bought.
  • With the exception of petrol stations, all stores saw year-on-year increases in sales volumes.  Notably the food sector posted its strongest year-on-year growth since January 2002, increasing by 6.3%. Feedback from food store retailers suggested that a better than expected Easter and better weather conditions helped to boost sales.
  • Food store retailers also suggested that promotions helped to boost sales and this was reflected in the slowing of average price growth in the food sector: consistent with the consumer prices index (CPI) published on 20 May 2014, the rate of food store price inflation decreased to 0.9%, down from 1.8% in March 2014.  Food stores provided the main contribution to the fall in the all retail rate of store price inflation, which fell by 0.6% in April 2014.
  • In April 2014, the amount spent in the retail industry increased by 6.2% compared with April 2013 and by 0.6% compared with March 2014.  Non-seasonally adjusted data show that the average weekly spend in the retail industry in April 2014 was £7.0 billion compared with £6.5 billion in April 2013 and £6.8 billion in March 2014.
  • Following a weak March, the amount spent online increased by 13.3% in April 2014 compared with April 2013 and by 2.6% compared with March 2014

Best July sales growth since 2006

Retail Sales Monitor, July 2013: BRC

  • UK retail sales values were up 2.2% on a like-for-like basis from July 2012, when they had increased 0.1% on the preceding year.
  • On a total basis, sales were up 3.9%, against a 2.0% increase in July 2012, the fastest July growth since 2006.
  • In real terms, total growth was 4.4%, the fastest since April 2011.
  • Online sales were up 7.9% compared with July 2012, when they had risen by 15.6%.

Retail Sales values up

Retail Sales Monitor, May 2013: BRC

  • UK retail sales values were up 1.8% on a like-for-like basis from May 2012, when they had increased 1.3% on the preceding year.
  • On a total basis, sales were up 3.4%, against a 3.4% increase in May 2012.
  • Total growth of 3.4% was above the 3-month average of 2.3% and the long-term 12-month average of 2.5%

UK retail sales values down

Retail Sales Monitor: BRC

  • UK retail sales values were down 2.2% on a like-for-like basis from April 2012, when they had declined 3.3% on the preceding year.
  • On a total basis, sales were down 0.6%, against a 1.0% decline in April 2012.
  • Adjusted for Shop Price Index inflation at 0.4% in April, total retail sales declined 1.0% in real terms while the 3-month average showed growth of 1.6
  • Online sales were up 8.3% compared with April 2012, when they had risen by 9.0%.

Retail Sales Monitor

Retail Sales Monitor, March 2013: BRC

  • UK retail sales values were up 1.9% on a like-for-like basis from March 2012, when they had risen 1.3% on the preceding year.
  • On a total basis, sales were up 3.7%, against a 3.6% rise in March 2012
  • Adjusted for Shop Price Index inflation at 1.4% in March, total retail sales values grew 2.3% in real terms.
  • Online sales were up 6.6% compared with March 2012, when they had risen by 13.9%