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Release: Retail Sales, May 2012

Released: 21 June 2012 Next edition: 19 July 2012

Contact

Kate Davies

Retail Sales

retail.sales.enquiries@ons.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)1633 455617

Categories: Economy, National Accounts, National Income, Expenditure and Output

Frequency of release: Monthly

Language: English

Geographical coverage: GB

Geographical breakdown: Other

Survey name(s): Monthly Business Survey - Retail Sales Inquiry

  • All retail sales values in May 2012 are estimated to have increased by 3.3 per cent compared with May 2011.

  • All retail sales volumes in May 2012 are estimated to have increased by 2.4 per cent compared with May 2011.

  • Store price inflation has slowed to 0.9 per cent, its lowest annual rate since October 2009.

  • Sales volumes in non-specialised stores are estimated to have increased by 11.3 per cent compared with May 2011.

  • The total amount spent in the retail sector between 29 April 2012 and 26 May 2012 is estimated at £26.4 billion, non-seasonally adjusted, up from £26.0 billion in April 2012 and £25.6 billion in May 2011. This equates to an average weekly spend of £6.6 billion in May 2012.

  • The average weekly value for Internet sales is estimated at £510.9 million meaning that the proportion of retail sales excluding automotive fuel that are made via the Internet now stands at 8.8 per cent.

Contains a first estimate of retail sales in volume and value terms, seasonally and non-seasonally adjusted.

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