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Retail sales: Key Economic Indicators

Published Monday, May 23, 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 £7.0 billion in April 2016, slightly up on the amount spent in April 2015. The total annual retail sales value for 2015 was £375 billion.

Retail sales

Over the three months to April 2016, the value of retail sales was down 0.2% compared with the previous three months.

Compared to the same period a year ago, the value of retail sales was up 0.9% in the three months to April 2016.

Internet sales

The average weekly value of internet sales in Great Britain was £886.6 million in April 2016.

This is 9.3% up on April 2015.

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 April 2016 and also £2.9 billion in non-food stores.

The value of sales in food stores in April 2016 was up 1.3% on the April 2015 level.

The value of sales in non-food stores was down 0.3% on last year.

 

Commons Briefing papers SN02818

Author: Chris Rhodes

Topics: Economic situation, Service industries

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