Index of Distribution
0.7% 3 monthly rise into November 2005
Index of Distribution (2002 =100) % growth
Distribution output rose by 0.7 per cent in the three months to November compared with the three months to August. The most significant increase was in retail; wholesale output also increased. There was, though, a decrease in the motor trades.
Motor trades output decreased by 0.9 per cent in the three months to November. The most significant decrease was in the sale of motor vehicles; the next most significant fall was in the sale of parts and accessories.
Wholesaling output increased by 0.6 per cent in the three months to November. The most significant increases were in fuel and office machinery and equipment.
Retail output rose by 1.3 per cent in the three months to November. The most significant rise was in non-food stores. Food stores also increased in output; there was, though, a decrease in retail sales not made in stores (which includes mail order and specialised internet retailers).
Distribution output between October and November rose by 1.0 per cent. All three components of distribution increased in output; the most significant increase was in retail.
Source: Office for National Statistics
Notes: The three components of the Index of Distribution are the Motor, Wholesale and Retail trades.
Figures shown are annually chained volume measures (that is they have been adjusted to strip out inflation). To aid interpretation the figures are also seasonally adjusted (that is annually recurring fluctuations have been removed).