Retail sales in the UK jumped 12% mom in May, the most on record, beating market forecasts of a 5.7% gain and recovering from a record 18% plunge in the previous month. Non-food stores provided the largest positive contribution, aided by a 42 percent increase in household goods sales like hardware, paints and glass. The proportion spent online soared to the highest on record at 33.4 percent, compared with 30.8 percent in April. Still, compared with the same month last year, retail sales were down 13.1 percent.

Retail Sales MoM in the United Kingdom averaged 0.18 percent from 1996 until 2020, reaching an all time high of 12 percent in May of 2020 and a record low of -18 percent in April of 2020. 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. United Kingdom Retail Sales MoM - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on July of 2020. source: Office for National Statistics

Retail Sales MoM in the United Kingdom is expected to be -1.30 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 -1.60 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United Kingdom Retail Sales MoM is projected to trend around 0.60 percent in 2021 and 0.50 percent in 2022, according to our econometric models.

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United Kingdom Retail Sales MoM

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
12.00 -18.00 12.00 -18.00 1996 - 2020 percent Monthly
2016=100, SA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-03-26 07:00 AM Feb -0.3% 1.1% 0.2% 0.4%
2020-04-24 06:00 AM Mar -5.1% -0.3% -4% -4.2%
2020-05-22 06:00 AM Apr -18.1% -5.2% -16% -16.9%
2020-06-19 06:00 AM May 12% -18% 5.7% 6.4%
2020-07-24 06:00 AM Jun 12% 2.4%
2020-08-20 06:00 AM Jul
2020-09-17 06:00 AM Aug
2020-10-22 06:00 AM Sep -1.3%


News Stream
UK Retail Sales Surge at a Record 12%
Retail sales in the UK jumped 12% mom in May, the most on record, beating market forecasts of a 5.7% gain and recovering from a record 18% plunge in the previous month. Non-food stores provided the largest positive contribution, aided by a 42 percent increase in household goods sales like hardware, paints and glass. The proportion spent online soared to the highest on record at 33.4 percent, compared with 30.8 percent in April. Compared with the same month last year, retail sales were down 13.1 percent.
2020-06-19
UK Retail Sales Fall at Record Pace
Retail sales in the United Kingdom plunged 18.1 percent month-over-month in April of 2020, following an upwardly revised 5.2 percent drop in March and worse than market expectations of a 16 percent fall. It is the biggest slump in retail sales on record, due to the coronavirus pandemic and restrictive measures imposed such as stores and business closures. Biggest declines were seen for sales of fuel (-52 percent), clothing and footwear (-50.2 percent) and household goods (-45.4 percent). On the other hand, sales for non-store retailing jumped at a record 18 percent and sales for alcohol stores went up 2.3 percent. Excluding auto fuel, sales dropped 15.2 percent.
2020-05-22
UK Retail Sales Fall at Record Pace
Retail sales in the UK plunged 5.1 percent month-over-month in March of 2020, the biggest drop on record as many stores closed staring March 23th following government guidance during the coronavirus pandemic. Figures came worse than market expectations of a 4 percent decline. Clothing store sales saw a sharp fall in sales (-34.8 percent). In contrast, food stores and non-store retailing were the only sectors to show growth, with food stores seeing the strongest growth on record, at 10.4 percent. Year-on-year, retail sales went down 5.8 percent, also the biggest decline ever. In the three months to March 2020, retail sales fell by 1.6 percent when compared with the previous three months, with strong declines in non-food stores and fuel.
2020-04-24
UK Retail Trade Falls Unexpectedly
Retail sales in the United Kingdom fell by 0.3 percent from a month earlier in February 2020, following an upwardly revised 1.1 percent growth in January and missing market expectations of a 0.2 percent advance, with a range of retailers providing feedback on the adverse effect of the extreme rainfall on sales. Non-store retailing was the largest negative contributor to the decline (-2.8 percent), followed by food trade (-0.4 percent) and sales at department stores (-1.0 percent). Meanwhile, receipts at fuel stores rose 1.4 percent as well as sales at household goods stores (0.8 percent) and those at textile, clothing and footwear stores (0.2 percent). Year-on-year, retail trade was flat, the weakest annual performance since March 2013.
2020-03-26

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.