UK Statistics

Statistical bulletin: Retail Sales, January 2016

 Released: 19 February 2016 – Download PDF

 

 Contents

Main points

  • Year-on-year estimates of the quantity bought in the retail industry showed growth for the 33rd consecutive month in January 2016, increasing by 5.2% compared with January 2015.
  • The underlying pattern in the data, as suggested by the 3 month on 3 month movement in the quantity bought, showed growth for the 26th consecutive month, increasing by 1.4%.
  • Compared with December 2015, the quantity bought in the retail industry is estimated to have increased by 2.3%.
  • Average store prices (including petrol stations) fell by 2.6% in January 2016 compared with January 2015, the 19th consecutive month of year-on-year price falls. 
  • The amount spent in the retail industry increased by 2.4% in January 2016 compared with January 2015 and increased by 2.3% compared with December 2015.
  • The value of online sales increased by 10.4% in January 2016 compared with January 2015 and increased by 2.7% compared with December 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 January 2015. 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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