Retail sales in the United Kingdom rose 0.9 month-over-month in January 2020, rebounding from a downwardly revised 0.5 percent fall in the previous month and beating market forecasts of a 0.7 percent gain. It was the largest increase in retail trade since March last year, boosted by both food stores (1.7 percent) and non-food (1.3 percent). Among non-food stores, gains were seen in textile, clothing and footwear (3.9 percent, the most since May 2018); department stores (1.6 percent); and others (0.4 percent). Meanwhile, sales at petrol stations dropped by 5.7 percent, the largest decline since April 2012 linked to higher cost of fuel. Year-on-year, retail sales went up 0.8 percent, easing from a 0.9 percent rise in the prior month.

Retail Sales MoM in the United Kingdom averaged 0.22 percent from 1996 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 3 percent in February of 2010 and a record low of -3.60 percent in January of 2010. This page provides the latest reported value for - United Kingdom Retail Sales MoM - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. source: Office for National Statistics

Retail Sales MoM in the United Kingdom is expected to be 0.50 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Retail Sales MoM in the United Kingdom to stand at 0.50 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United Kingdom Retail Sales MoM is projected to trend around 0.50 percent in 2021, according to our econometric models.


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United Kingdom Retail Sales MoM

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.90 -0.50 3.00 -3.60 1996 - 2020 percent Monthly
2016=100, SA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-11-14 09:30 AM Oct -0.1% 0% 0.2% 0.3%
2019-12-19 09:30 AM Nov -0.6% 0% 0.3% 0.4%
2020-01-17 09:30 AM Dec -0.6% -0.8% 0.5% 0.9%
2020-02-20 09:30 AM Jan 0.9% -0.5% 0.7% 0.4%
2020-03-26 09:30 AM Feb 0.9% -1%
2020-04-23 08:30 AM Mar 0.5%
2020-05-21 08:30 AM Apr
2020-06-18 08:30 AM May


News Stream
UK Retail Sales Rise the Most in 10 Months
Retail sales in the United Kingdom rose 0.9 month-over-month in January 2020, rebounding from a downwardly revised 0.5 percent fall in the previous month and beating market forecasts of a 0.7 percent gain. It was the largest increase in retail trade since March last year, boosted by both food stores (1.7 percent) and non-food (1.3 percent). Among non-food stores, gains were seen in textile, clothing and footwear (3.9 percent, the most since May 2018); department stores (1.6 percent); and others (0.4 percent). Meanwhile, sales at petrol stations dropped by 5.7 percent, the largest decline since April 2012 linked to higher cost of fuel. Year-on-year, retail sales went up 0.8 percent, easing from a 0.9 percent rise in the prior month.
2020-02-20
UK Retail Sales Show No Growth for 5th Month
Retail sales in the United Kingdom fell 0.6% mom in December 2019, following an upwardly revised 0.8% drop in November and compared to market expectations of a 0.5% rise. It marks the fifth straight month of no growth in retail sales, the longest period since records began in 1996. Main declines were seen in sales at clothing, footwear and textiles stores (-2%); department stores (-1.8%); food (-1.3%, the biggest fall since December 2016); and household goods stores (-0.1%). Year-on-year, retail sales went up 0.9%, higher than a downwardly revised 0.8% in November but below forecasts of 2.6%. Considering Q4, retail sales declined 1%, the worst performance since Q1 2017. Considering full 2019, retail sales rose 3.4%, the most in 3 years.
2020-01-17
UK Retail Sales Fall Unexpectedly
Retail sales in the UK fell by 0.6 percent from the previous month in November 2019, missing market consensus of a 0.3 percent rise and marking the fourth consecutive month of no growth in trade, the longest such run since at least 1996. All sectors contributed negatively to the quantity bought with non-store retailing and food stores both contributing the largest fall. Year-on-year, retail volumes growth slowed sharply to 1.0 percent, the weakest rate since April 2018 and also below market expectations of 2.1 percent, owing to a decline of 1.1 percent in non-food stores. The ONS noted that the official Black Friday was on November 29th, six days after the end of the November reporting period, which could affect some store sector sales. The official Black Friday date will fall into the December release.
2019-12-19
UK Retail Sales Unexpectedly Fall in October
UK retail trade decreased 0.1 percent from a month earlier in October 2019, after showing no growth in the previous month and missing market expectations of a 0.2 percent gain. Sales dropped for household goods (-1.3 percent); textiles, clothing & footwear (-1.0 percent); other stores (-0.4 percent); non-food (-0.3 percent); food (-0.2 percent) and non-store/ repair (-0.2 percent). By contrast, sales rose for automotive fuel (1.5 percent) and non-specialised (2.0 percent). Year-on-year, retail sales climbed 3.1 percent, the same as in the previous month and well below market consensus of 3.7 percent. In the three months to October, retail trade grew 0.2 percent compared with the previous three-month period, the weakest gain since the three months to April 2018.
2019-11-14

United Kingdom Retail Sales MoM
In the United Kingdom, the Retail sales report provides an aggregated measure of sales of retail goods and services over a specific time period. In the United Kingdom, Retail sales are seasonal, volatile and relatively important to the overall economy.