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Release: Retail Sales, November 2013

Released: 19 December 2013 Next edition: 17 January 2014


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: GB

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

  • Year-on-year estimates of the quantity bought in the retail industry continue to show growth.  In November 2013, the quantity bought increased by 2.0% compared with November 2012.

  • The underlying pattern in the data as suggested by the three month on three month movement remains flat due to a contraction in the quantity bought in food stores and petrol stations offsetting growth in non-food stores and non-store retailing. 

  • On the month, there were mixed performances for the different stores types.  Notably, the strong growth in the quantity bought in clothing stores was negated by falls in the quantity bought at department stores and petrol stations leading to subdued growth of 0.3% when comparing November with October 2013. 

  • In November 2013, the amount spent in the retail industry increased by 2.7% compared with November 2012 and by 0.2% compared with October 2013.  Non-seasonally adjusted data show that the average weekly spend in the retail industry in November 2013 was £7.6 billion compared with £7.3 billion in November 2012.

  • Non-seasonally adjusted data show that the proportion of sales made online increased by 1.4 percentage points to a record 11.9% of all retail sales (excluding automotive fuel).  Notably the online spend at department stores was estimated at a record 11.4% reflecting feedback from retailers that suggested that investment in their Internet sites has boosted sales but at the same time detracted from sales in store.

  • Non-seasonally adjusted data also show that small stores experienced more growth year on year than large stores with the amount spent in small stores up 4.5% compared with 2.9% in large stores. 

Contains a first estimate of retail sales in volume and value terms, seasonally and non-seasonally adjusted

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