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Release: Retail Sales, October 2011

Released: 17 November 2011 Next edition: 15 December 2011


Kate Davies

Retail Sales

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

  • Value of retail sales in October 2011 showed an increase of 5.4 per cent compared with October 2010.

  • Sales volumes in October 2011 increased by 0.9 per cent compared to October 2010.

  • Non-seasonally adjusted volume data shows that small stores provided the most upward pressure increasing by 5.3 per cent, in comparison large stores decreased by 0.3 per cent over the same period. Non-seasonally adjusted value data shows that small stores value sales grew by 9.5 per cent, in comparison large stores increased by 4.3 per cent.

  • Food stores sales volumes increased year on year for the first time since April 2011 and were up 0.3 per cent in October 2011, this is the first year on year increase in this sector since April 2011 when sales volume increased by 1.7 per cent.

  • Compared to September 2011 sales volumes increased by 0.6 per cent and the value of sales increased by 0.7 per cent. Feedback from retailers suggests that the monthly increase in sales volume and value was a result of pre-Christmas sales and in store promotions.

  • The average weekly spend on online retailing has increased to £561.5 million up from £518.7 million in September 2011.

Contains a first estimate of retail sales in volume and value terms, seasonally and non-seasonally adjusted.
Content from the Office for National Statistics.
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