Released: 19 February 2016 – Download PDF
- 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.