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Retail sales: Key Economic Indicators

Published Thursday, September 15, 2016

Retail sales: key indicators on the value of retail sales.

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The average weekly value of all retail sales in Great Britain was £7.1 billion in August 2016, up from £6.9 billion in August 2015. The total annual retail sales value for 2015 was £375 billion.

Retail sales

Over the three months to August 2016, the value of retail sales was up 1.5% compared with the previous three months.

Compared to the same period a year ago, the value of retail sales was up 3.0% in the three months to August 2016.

Internet sales

The average weekly value of internet sales in Great Britain was £965.8 million in August 2016.

The value of internet sales in August 2016 was up 18.5% on last year.

Three quarters of the value of retail sales online is from stores without a physical presence.

Sales by sector

The average weekly value of sales in food stores was £2.9 billion in August 2016 and £3.0 billion in non-food stores.

The value of sales in food stores in the three months to August 2016 was up 2.0% on last year.

The value of sales in non-food stores was up 2.2% on last year.

 

Commons Briefing papers SN02818

Author: Chris Rhodes

Topics: Economic situation, Service industries

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