Corrections and notices


02 October 2023

We have corrected an error in the Consumer Trends time series dataset. The previous version had incorrect implied deflator (IDEF) data for the following series between 1985 and 1996 inclusive:


These have now been corrected and updated during the 29th September 2023 publication. All other series and time periods were unaffected. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


31 March 2023

Because of a processing error, incorrect legacy time series data were published in the Consumer trends dataset in previous quarterly publications from 30 September 2022 to 22 December 2022 inclusive. These data are now corrected and updated as of the 31 March 2023 publication. Please ignore any pre-1997 chain volume measure data in these previous publications for the central database identifiers AWUU: 07.3.4 Transport services Sea and inland waterways CVM NAYear NSA £m. All other series and time periods were unaffected. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

About this Dataset

Consumer trends dataset up to Quarter 4 (Oct to Dec) 2023. This dataset is consistent with Blue Book 2023.

Edition in this dataset

Previous versions of this data are available.

Important notes and usage information

Usage information

Since Quarter 1 (Jan to Mar) 2020, estimates of household final consumption expenditure (HHFCE), along with other components of gross domestic product (GDP), have been subject to more uncertainty than usual as a result of the challenges we faced in collecting the data under government-imposed public health restrictions. In the case of HHFCE, these challenges have been compounded by the suspension of data collection for the International Passenger Survey (IPS) between 16 March 2020 and mid-January 2021 and the temporary suspension of the Living Costs and Food Survey (LCF) between 16 March 2020 and 14 April 2020.

These datasets are published in a format that meets accessibility requirements. More details on releasing statistics in spreadsheets can be found in the Government Statistical Service (GSS) guidance..)

The quarterly consumer trends data are typically published around 90 days after the end of the calendar quarter.

This release contains data that are consistent with the UK National Accounts, the Blue Book: 2023, released on 31 October 2023. As such, data from Quarter 1 (Jan to Mar) 2022 within this release are subject to revision, in line with the National Accounts Revisions Policy.

The Blue Book is the UK’s annual compendium of national accounts data and incorporates a number of improvements to methods and sources into the UK National Accounts.

The reference year and last base year for all chained volume measure estimates is 2019. Further information on latest developments and changes implemented in Blue Book 2023 can be found in the article, Proposed changes to be implemented in Blue Book and Pink Book 2023

HHFCE includes spending on goods and services except for: buying or extending a house, investment in valuables (for example, paintings and antiques), or purchasing second-hand goods. Explanations for these exceptions and the related concepts are available in the Consumer trends QMI.

Contact details for this dataset

Household expenditure team
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Publications that use this data