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Retail sales: Key Economic Indicators

Published Thursday, October 17, 2019

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

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In September 2019, retail sales in the UK totalled £7.3 billion per week, the same as August 2019 and down from £7.6 billion in July 2019. This figure includes money spent in shops, supermarkets, in petrol stations and online.

In the three months to September 2019, the quantity (volume) of retail sales increased by 0.6% 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 3.1%.

Internet sales

The average weekly value of internet sales in Great Britain was £1.5 billion in August 2019, up 9.1% on the year. This was 19.1% of all retail sales. Internet retailing exceeded 20% of retail sales for the first time in November 2018.

Sales by sector

The volume of sales in food stores in the three months to August 2019 was up 1.1% on the same period last year.

The volume of sales in non-food stores was up 0.8% on last year.

Commons Briefing papers SN02818

Authors: Chris Rhodes; Gloria Tyler

Topics: Economic situation, Service industries

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