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In December 2019, retail sales in the UK totalled £9.7 billion per week, up by £1.3 billion since November. This figure includes money spent in shops, supermarkets, in petrol stations and online.
In the three months to December 2019, the quantity (volume) of retail sales fell by 1.0% compared with the previous three months (‘volume’ figures do not include the effect of inflation). Over the year, the volume of retail sales increased by 1.6%.
The average weekly value of internet sales was £1.4 billion in December 2019, up 5.6% on the year. This includes sales from ‘Black Friday’, which was too late in the month to be included in the November 2019 figures.
This was 21.3% of all retail sales, down slightly from 21.5% in November 2019.
The volume of sales in food stores in the three months to December 2019 was up 0.6% on the same period last year. The volume of sales in non-food stores was down 1.1% compared to last year.
Commons Briefing papers SN02818
Authors: Chris Rhodes; Gloria Tyler