UK Statistics

Statistical bulletin: Retail Sales, May 2013

Released: 20 June 2013 Download PDF

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Key Points

  • Users are reminded that the figures contained within this release are estimates produced from a monthly survey of 5,000 retailers in Great Britain. Unless otherwise stated, the estimates in this release are seasonally adjusted.
  • In May 2013, the quantity bought in the retail sector (or sales volumes) increased by 1.9% compared with May 2012, resulting in the quantity bought being at its highest level since the series began (see figure 1).
  • Over the same period, the amount spent in the retail sector (sales values) increased by 3.1% to again the highest level on record.
  • The main source of upwards pressure in the quantity bought came from the non-store retailing sector, where, compared with May 2012, the quantity of goods bought increased by 19.1%. This was supported by an increase in the non-food sector, where, over the same period, the quantity of goods bought increased by 2.2%. More detail on this can be found in figure 2.
  • The main source of upwards pressure in the amount spent came from the food sector, where, compared with May 2012, the amount spent increased by 3.4%. More detail can be found in figure 3.
  • Looking at the monthly picture, (May 2013 compared with April 2013) the quantity bought increased by 2.1%, while the amount spent also increased by 2.1%. The main source of upwards pressure came from the food sector, where, compared with April 2013, the quantity of goods bought increased by 3.5% and the amount spent increased by 3.4%.
  • With the exception of non-specialised (department) stores, all store types in May 2013 experienced an increase in the quantity bought compared with April 2013, showing that there was a bounce back from the weak picture seen in April. Feedback from retailers suggested that promotions on summer ranges led to this increase in sales.
  • In May 2013, the overall proportion of non-seasonally adjusted online sales remained high at 9.7%.

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

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