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
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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%

 

Retail Sales

Retail Sales, November 2012: ONS

  • In November 2012, year-on-year estimates of retail sales volumes continued to show upward movements that have been seen in the retail sector since August 2011. However, this is not a long term pattern for the retail sector which overall, between 2007 and 2012, has been relatively flat.
  • Compared with November 2011, the quantity of goods bought (all retailing seasonally adjusted sales volumes) in November 2012 was estimated to have increased by 0.9%. Between the same periods the amount spent (all retailing seasonally adjusted sales values) was estimated to have increased by 1.5%.
  •  The estimated average weekly spend online in November 2012 was £711 million compared with £658 million in November 2011.
  • Across all retailing an estimated £7.3 billion was spent weekly in November 2012 and in November 2011. This indicates that while consumers continued to spend approximately the same amount as they did last year, this year they spent more online and less in store

Retail sales values down

Retail Sales Monitor, Oct 2012: BRC

  • UK retail sales values were down 0.1% on a like-for-like basis from October 2011, when they were down 0.6% on the preceding year.
  • On a total basis, sales were up 1.1%, against a 1.5% rise in October 2011.
  • Excluding Easter, this was the lowest growth in total sales since November 2011.