Released: 20 September 2012 Download PDF
- Key Points
- Key Figures
- At a Glance
- Retail Sales in Detail
- Internet Sales
- Sector Summary
- Distribution Analysis
- Background notes
- Statistical contacts
- In August 2012 retail sales were estimated to have increased compared with August last year, continuing the underlying year-on-year upwards movements we have seen in the retail sector since August 2011. However, this is not a long term pattern for the volume of sales which overall, between 2007 and 2012 have been relatively flat.
- Compared with August 2011, in August 2012 the amount of goods bought in the retail sector (all retailing seasonally adjusted sales volumes) was estimated to have increased by 2.7 per cent. Over the same period, the amount spent in the retail sector (all retail seasonally adjusted sales values) was estimated to have increased by 3.0 per cent.
- Looking at the monthly picture, it is estimated that the amount of goods bought in retail stores (August 2012 compared with July 2012) fell by 0.2 per cent following a 0.3 per cent rise in July 2012. Over the same period, the amount spent was estimated to have increased by 0.2 per cent following a 0.7 per cent increase in July 2012.
- Annual estimated store price inflation remained at 0.2 per cent. As included in the Consumer Prices Index the main source of downward pressure came from a fall in prices at stores selling household goods and clothing.
- The average weekly spend for all retailing in August 2012 was £6.5 billion; compared with £6.6 billion in July 2012 and £6.3 billion in August 2011.
- The proportion of Internet sales decreased by 0.9 per cent between July and August 2012. Compared with a year ago, the proportion of Internet sales in August 2012 increased by 0.3 per cent. In August 2012 the estimated average weekly spend online was £466.1 million.
Source: Office for National Statistics licensed under the Open Government Licence v.1.0.