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Release: Retail Sales, July 2015

Released: 20 August 2015 (Latest) Next edition: 17 September 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 grew for the 28th consecutive month in July 2015, increasing by 4.2% compared with July 2014. This was the longest period of sustained year-on-year growth since May 2008, when there were 31 periods of growth. 

  • The underlying pattern in the data, as suggested by the 3 month on 3 month movement in the quantity bought, showed growth for the 29th consecutive month, increasing by 0.5%. This is the longest period of sustained growth since consistent records began in June 1996.  

  • Compared with June 2015, the quantity bought in the retail industry is estimated to have increased by 0.1%. Increases were reported by department stores, other stores, household goods stores and non-store retailing offset by falls in predominantly food stores, textile, clothing and footwear stores and petrol stations. 

  • Average store prices (including petrol stations) fell by 3.0% in July 2015 compared with July 2014; the 13th consecutive month of year-on-year price falls. All store types except textile, clothing and footwear stores reported decreases. Petrol stations again made the largest contribution, falling by 10.9%, the 23rd consecutive month of year-on-year falling petrol prices. 

  • Amount spent in the retail industry increased by 1.0% in July 2015 compared with July 2014 but decreased by 0.2% compared with June 2015. The average weekly spend in the retail industry was £7.1 billion; non-seasonally adjusted data show this is unchanged from the previous month and the July 2014 figure. 

  • The value of online sales increased by 13.0% in July 2015 compared with July 2014, however, there was no growth in July 2015 compared with June 2015. They accounted for 12.6% of all retail sales.

  • Revisions in this release were caused by the incorporation of late data. The earliest revisions point for current price, non-seasonally adjusted data was July 2014. 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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