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Survey name(s): Monthly Business Survey - Retail Sales Inquiry
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In May 2013, the quantity bought in the retail sector (or sales volumes) increased by 1.9% compared with May 2012, resulting in the quantity bought being at its highest level since the series began (see figure 1).
Over the same period, the amount spent in the retail sector (sales values) increased by 3.1% to again the highest level on record.
The main source of upwards pressure in the quantity bought came from the non-store retailing sector, where, compared with May 2012, the quantity of goods bought increased by 19.1%. This was supported by an increase in the non-food sector, where, over the same period, the quantity of goods bought increased by 2.2%. More detail on this can be found in figure 2.
The main source of upwards pressure in the amount spent came from the food sector, where, compared with May 2012, the amount spent increased by 3.4%. More detail can be found in figure 3.
Looking at the monthly picture, (May 2013 compared with April 2013) the quantity bought increased by 2.1%, while the amount spent also increased by 2.1%. The main source of upwards pressure came from the food sector, where, compared with April 2013, the quantity of goods bought increased by 3.5% and the amount spent increased by 3.4%.
With the exception of non-specialised (department) stores, all store types in May 2013 experienced an increase in the quantity bought compared with April 2013, showing that there was a bounce back from the weak picture seen in April. Feedback from retailers suggested that promotions on summer ranges led to this increase in sales.
In May 2013, the overall proportion of non-seasonally adjusted online sales remained high at 9.7%.
Contains a first estimate of retail sales in volume and value terms, seasonally and non-seasonally adjusted
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