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Retail sales: Key Economic Indicators

Published Friday, January 17, 2020

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

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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%.


Internet sales

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.

Sales by sector

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

Topics: Economic situation, Service industries

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