A first estimate of retail sales in volume and value terms, seasonally and non-seasonally adjusted.
Table of contents
- Main points
- Statistician’s comment
- Things you need to know about this release
- Main figures
- Year-on-year contribution
- Month-on-month contribution
- What’s the story in online sales?
- Links to related statistics
- Quality and methodology
- The 3 months to March shows a decrease of 1.4%; the third consecutive decrease for the underlying 3 month on 3 month pattern.
- Looking at the quarterly movement, the 3 months to March 2017 (Quarter 1) is the first quarterly decline since 2013 (Quarter 4).
- In March 2017, the quantity bought in the retail industry is estimated to have increased by 1.7% compared with March 2016 and decreased by 1.8% compared with February 2017; decreases are seen across the four main store types.
- Average store prices (including fuel) increased by 3.3% on the year, the largest growth since March 2012; the largest contribution came from petrol stations, where year-on-year average prices rose by 16.4%.
- Online sales (excluding automotive fuel) increased year-on-year by 19.5% and by 0.5% on the month, accounting for approximately 15.5% of all retail spending.
Source: Office for National Statistics licensed under the Open Government Licence v.1.0.