Retail sales in the UK increased 0.6% month-over-month in October of 2022, after falling an upwardly revised 1.5% in September when an additional bank holiday for the Queen's funeral was observed by many businesses including retailers. Figures compare with market forecasts of a 0.3% rise. Increases were seen in all of the main sectors apart from food stores, where sales fell 1%. In recent months, supermarkets have highlighted that they are seeing a decline in volumes sold because of increased cost of living and food prices. Meanwhile, non-food stores sales rose 1.1%, namely second-hand goods stores and auctioning houses (3.6%) and clothing stores (2.5%); auto fuel sales jumped 3.3%; and non-store retailing (predominantly online retailers) sales went up 1.8%. Still, retail sales volumes were 0.6% lower than its pre-pandemic level in February of 2020. Compared to October 2021, retail sales were 6.1% lower. source: Office for National Statistics

Retail Sales MoM in the United Kingdom averaged 0.20 percent from 1996 until 2022, reaching an all time high of 13.90 percent in June of 2020 and a record low of -17.90 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 November of 2022.

Retail Sales MoM in the United Kingdom is expected to be 0.70 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the United Kingdom Retail Sales MoM is projected to trend around 0.40 percent in 2023 and 0.50 percent in 2024, according to our econometric models.

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United Kingdom Retail Sales MoM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2022-10-21 06:00 AM Sep -1.4% -1.7% -0.5% -0.3%
2022-11-18 07:00 AM Oct 0.6% -1.5% 0.3% -0.1%
2022-12-16 07:00 AM Nov 0.6%


Related Last Previous Unit Reference
Retail Sales MoM 0.60 -1.50 percent Oct 2022
Retail Sales YoY -6.10 -6.80 percent Oct 2022
Consumer Spending 347306.00 358328.00 GBP Million Sep 2022
Disposable Personal Income 357868.00 373440.00 GBP Million Jun 2022
Personal Savings 7.80 6.60 percent Jun 2022
Retail Sales Ex Fuel 0.30 -1.50 percent Oct 2022

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.
Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.60 -1.50 13.90 -17.90 1996 - 2022 percent Monthly
2016=100, SA

News Stream
UK Retail Sales Top Estimates
Retail sales in the UK increased 0.6% month-over-month in October of 2022, after falling an upwardly revised 1.5% in September when an additional bank holiday for the Queen's funeral was observed by many businesses including retailers. Figures compare with market forecasts of a 0.3% rise. Increases were seen in all of the main sectors apart from food stores, where sales fell 1%. In recent months, supermarkets have highlighted that they are seeing a decline in volumes sold because of increased cost of living and food prices. Meanwhile, non-food stores sales rose 1.1%, namely second-hand goods stores and auctioning houses (3.6%) and clothing stores (2.5%); auto fuel sales jumped 3.3%; and non-store retailing (predominantly online retailers) sales went up 1.8%. Still, retail sales volumes were 0.6% lower than its pre-pandemic level in February of 2020. Compared to October 2021, retail sales were 6.1% lower.
2022-11-18
UK Retail Sales Fall More than Expected
Retail sales in the UK dropped 1.4 percent month-over-month in September of 2022, following a revised 1.8 percent decline in August, while analysts expected it to decline a modest 0.5 percent. Sales fell in all main sectors, namely food (-0.7 percent), non-food stores (-0.2 percent), non-store retailing (-0.4 percent) and fuel (-0.1 percent). Year-on-year, retail sales dropped 6.9 percent. Compared with the pre-coronavirus level in February 2020, total retail sales were 1.3 percent lower.
2022-10-21
UK Retail Sales Drop 1.6%
Retail sales in the UK sank 1.6% month-over-month in August of 2022, the biggest decline so far this year and following a 0.4% rise in July. Figures came much worse than market forecasts of a 0.5% drop, with rising prices and cost of living weighing on consumer spending. Sales fell in all main sectors, namely food (-0.8%), auto fuel (-1.7%) and in non-food stores (-1.9%), particularly sports equipment, toys, furniture and lighting. Year-on-year, retail sales dropped 5.4%. When compared with the pre-coronavirus level in February 2020, total retail sales were still 0.5% higher.
2022-09-16