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In the three months to April 2018, the quantity bought (volume) in retail sales increased slightly, by 0.1% compared with the previous three months.
Compared to the same period a year ago, the value of retail sales was up 3.5% in the three months to April 2018.
However, most of the rise was the result of inflation. The quantity bought (volume) in the retail industry was estimated to have risen by 1.4% in the three months to April 2018 compared to the same period a year ago.
The average weekly value of internet sales in Great Britain was £1.2 billion in April 2018, 17% of all retail sales.
Online sales increased year-on-year by 13%. Most internet spending is stores without a physical presence.
The value of sales in food stores in the three months to April 2018 was up 2.7% on the same period last year.
The value of sales in non-food stores was up 2.3% on last year.