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Retail Sales in Great Britain: Mar 2017

A first estimate of retail sales in volume and value terms, seasonally and non-seasonally adjusted.

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Table of contents

  1. Main points
  2. Statistician’s comment
  3. Things you need to know about this release
  4. Main figures
  5. Year-on-year contribution
  6. Month-on-month contribution
  7. What’s the story in online sales?
  8. Links to related statistics
  9. Quality and methodology

Main points

  • 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.

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

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