Skip to content

Retail Sales - Summary, April 2012

Released: 23 May 2012 Download PDF

All retailers, April 2012 (seasonally adjusted percentage change)

  Most recent month on a year earlier Most recent 3 months on a year earlier Most recent month on previous month Most recent 3 months on previous 3 months
Value  0.4 3.2 -2.8 0.5
Volume -1.1 1.1 -2.3 0.2
Value excluding automotive fuel 0.9 2.9 -1.3 0.8
Volume excluding automotive fuel -0.3 1.2 -1.0 0.5

Download table

Retail sales values slowed and volumes have fallen in April 2012 setting two records.

All retailing sales values increased in April 2012 by 0.4 per cent compared with April 2011 and decreased by 2.8 per cent compared with March 2012. One of the main sources of downward pressure to year-on-year growth in sales values came from the predominantly food sector and while sales values increased by 0.1 per cent, this was the smallest ever year-on-year growth in sales values for this sector since the series started in January 1989.

All retailing sales volumes decreased in April 2012 by 1.1 per cent compared with April 2011 and by 2.3 per cent compared with March 2012. The main source of downward pressure to the month-on-month growth rate came from the predominantly automotive fuel sector where sales volumes fell by 13.2 per cent, the largest fall in this series which started in February 1996.


 

Source: Office for National Statistics

Background notes

  1. Details of the policy governing the release of new data are available by visiting www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/assessment/code-of-practice/index.html or from the Media Relations Office email: media.relations@ons.gsi.gov.uk

    These National Statistics are produced to high professional standards and released according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

Content from the Office for National Statistics.
© Crown Copyright applies unless otherwise stated.