In March 2014, the quantity bought in the retail industry increased by 4.2% compared with March 2013 and by 0.1% compared with February 2014. The quantity bought also increased in Q1 2014 compared with Q1 2013, by 3.8%. This continues a pattern of year-on-year growth since early 2013.
Overall crime estimated by the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) in the year ending December 2013 fell 15% compared with the previous year. This latest estimate is the lowest since the survey began in 1981. The number of crimes recorded by the police in the year to December 2013 fell by 2%.
This note sets recent movements in UK economic statistics in an international context. It is part of a new series of quarterly publications each with a different focus, which aim to support the understanding of the UK economy by drawing international comparisons. These articles use a wide range of data, including information produced by other organisations on an internationally comparable basis.
Public Sector Net Borrowing (PSNB ex) for the financial year 2013/14 was £107.7 bn when Asset Purchase Facility transfers are excluded.
For December 2013 to February 2014, the unemployment rate was 6.9% of the economically active population, down by 0.3 percentage points from September to November 2013 and down by 1.1 from a year earlier.