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Release: Retail Sales, November 2014

Released: 18 December 2014 Next edition: 23 January 2015


Kate Davies

Retail Sales

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 455602

Categories: Economy, National Accounts, National Income, Expenditure and Output

Frequency of release: Monthly

Language: English

Geographical coverage: GB

Geographical breakdown: Other

Survey name(s): Monthly Business Survey - Retail Sales Inquiry

  • Year-on-year estimates of the quantity bought in the retail industry continued to show growth for the 20th consecutive month. In November 2014, the quantity bought increased by 6.4% compared with November 2013. This was the highest year-on-year increase since May 2004 when it grew by 6.9%.

  • The underlying pattern in the three-month on three-month movement in the quantity bought continued to show growth for the 21st consecutive month increasing by 1.1%. This was the longest period of sustained growth since November 2007 when there were 25 periods of consecutive growth.

  • On the month, the quantity bought increased by 1.6% compared with October 2014. There was growth in all main store types for the first time since December 2013.

  • Average store prices fell by 2.0% in November 2014 compared with November 2013, this was the largest fall since August 2002 when prices also fell by 2.0%. The largest contribution to the year-on-year fall once again came from petrol stations, however prices in food stores showed their largest fall since June 2002, decreasing by 1.0%.

  • In November 2014, the amount spent in the retail industry increased by 4.3% compared with November 2013 and by 1.2% compared with October 2014. Non-seasonally adjusted data show that the average weekly spend in the retail industry in November 2014 was £7.9 billion compared with £7.5 billion in November 2013 and £7.1 billion in October 2014.

  • The value of sales made online increased by 2.9% compared with October 2014 and accounted for 11.5% of all retail sales in November 2014. Online sales increased by 12.9% compared with November 2013.

  • Revisions in this release were caused by the incorporation of late data. More information on revisions can be found in the background notes.

A first estimate of retail sales in volume and value terms, seasonally and non-seasonally adjusted.

Related links:

Monthly data for Construction

Monthly data for Index of Production

Monthly data for Index of Services

Quarterly data for the Second Estimate of GDP

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