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Frequency of release: Monthly
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.