UK Statistics

Statistical bulletin: Retail Sales, April 2015

Released: 21 May 2015 – Download PDF



  • Continuing a sustained period of year-on-year growth, retail sales in April 2015 are estimated to have increased by 4.7% compared with April 2014. This was the 25th consecutive month of year-on-year growth, the longest period of sustained growth since May 2008 when there were 31 periods of growth.
  • The underlying pattern in the data, as suggested by the 3 month on 3 month movement in the quantity bought, continued to show growth for the 26th consecutive month, increasing by 0.7%. This is the longest period of sustained growth since consistent records began in June 1996.
  • Compared with March 2015, the quantity bought in the retail industry is estimated to have increased by 1.2%. All store types except predominantly food stores showed growth.
  • Average store prices (including petrol stations) fell for the 10th consecutive month, falling by 3.2% compared with April 2014. The largest contribution to the year-on-year fall once again came from petrol stations which fell by 11.5%, the 20th consecutive month of year-on-year falling prices in this store type.
  • In April 2015, the amount spent in the retail industry increased by 1.8% compared with April 2014 and by 1.1% compared with March 2015. Non-seasonally adjusted data show that the average weekly spend in the retail industry was £6.9 billion, unchanged from the previous month and the April 2014 figure.
  • The value of sales made online increased by 3.7% compared with March 2015 and accounted for 12.2% of all retail sales in April 2015. Online sales increased by 13.1% compared with April 2014.
  • Revisions in this release were caused by the incorporation of late data. The earliest revisions point for current price, non-seasonally adjusted data was April 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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