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Statistics bulletin: Retail Sales, February 2013

Released: 21 March 2013

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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.
  • Following subdued year-on-year retail sales growth rates since September 2012, in February 2013 compared with February 2012, both the quantity bought (or volume) and the amount spent (or value) in the retail sector increased by 2.6%. The largest contributions to the increase in quantity bought came from other stores particularly computer and telecommunications equipment retailers, internet retailers and department stores.
  • Looking at the monthly picture, (February 2013 compared with January 2013) the quantity bought and the amount spent in the retail sector increased by 2.1% and 1.8% respectively. These increases were broad based with all the main retail sectors rising between January and February although by far the largest upward contribution came from the non-food sector.
  • In February 2013, the overall proportion of non-seasonally adjusted online sales remained high at 9.7%.
  • The February period covers the dates 27 January 2013 to 23 February 2013.
  • The weekly spend across all retailing was £6.3 billion in February 2013 compared with £6.1 billion in January 2013 and £6.1 billion in February 2012.

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


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