UK Statistics

Statistical bulletin: Retail Sales, October 2012

Released: 15 November 2012 Download PDF


  • Key Points
  • Key Figures
  • At a Glance
  • Retail Sales in Detail
  • Internet Sales
  • Sector Summary
  • Distribution Analysis
  • Background notes
  • Statistical contacts

Key Points

  • In October 2012, year-on-year estimates of retail sales volumes continued to show upward movements that have been seen in the retail sector since August 2011. However, this is not a long term pattern for the retail sector which overall, between 2007 and 2012, has been relatively flat.
  • Compared with October 2011, the quantity of goods bought (all retailing seasonally adjusted volumes) in October 2012 was estimated to have increased by 0.6 per cent. Between the same periods, the amount spent (all retailing seasonally adjusted sales values) was estimated to have increased by 1.6 per cent.
  • Looking at the monthly picture (October 2012 compared with September 2012) both the quantity of goods bought and the amount spent decreased following increases between August and September.
  • The estimated prices of goods sold in the retail sector were estimated to have increased by 0.9 per cent since October 2011. Consistent with the Consumer Prices Index one of the main sources of upward pressure was estimated to come from price rises in stores selling food.
  • The estimated average weekly spend across all retailing in October 2012 was £6.8 billion; compared with £6.6 billion in September 2012 and £6.7 billion in October 2011.
  • The estimated proportion of Internet sales increased by 0.5 per cent between September 2012 and October 2012. Compared with a year ago, the estimated proportion of Internet sales increased by 0.8 per cent. In October 2012 the estimated average weekly spend online was £562 million.
Source: Office for National Statistics licensed under the Open Government Licence v.1.0.




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