UK Statistics

Statistical bulletin: Retail Sales, November 2015

Released: 17 December 2015 – Download PDF

Main points

  • Year-on-year estimates of the quantity bought in the retail industry show growth for the 31st consecutive month in November 2015, increasing by 5.0% compared with November 2014.
  • The underlying pattern in the data, as suggested by the 3 month on 3 month movement in the quantity bought, showed growth for the 23rd consecutive month, increasing by 2.1%. 
  • Compared with October 2015, the quantity bought in the retail industry is estimated to have increased by 1.7%. 
  • Average store prices (including petrol stations) fell by 3.3% in November 2015 compared with November 2014, the 17th consecutive month of year-on-year price falls.
  • The amount spent in the retail industry increased by 1.4% in November 2015 compared with November 2014 and increased by 1.4% compared with October 2015. 
  • The value of online sales increased by 12.7% in November 2015 compared with November 2014 and by 4.9% compared with October 2015. 
  • Revisions to this release were caused by the incorporation of late data. The earliest revisions point for current price, non-seasonally adjusted data was November 2014. More information on revisions can be found in the background notes.

Source: Office for National Statistics licensed under the Open Government Licence v.1.0.

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