The CBI distributive trades survey’s retail sales balance in the United Kingdom eased to 18 in May 2021, from a near three-year high of 20 in the previous month and below market forecasts of 30. This was a period when all retailers were once again open for business, but before the full relaxation of restrictions for the hospitality and leisure sectors, which also play a vital role in supporting activity. Meanwhile, investment intentions for the coming 12 months rose at the fastest pace since February 1994, while employment continued to fall sharply in the year to May. By sectors, grocers, non-store retailers, hardware & DIY, and furniture & carpets retailers reported sales significantly above seasonal norms; while sales in clothing and specialist food were below normal. Stock levels in relation to expected sales were seen as too low, and to the greatest extent since the start of the series in 1983. Average selling prices grew at their fastest rate since November 2019. source: Confederation of British Industry

Cbi Distributive Trades in the United Kingdom averaged 17.60 Net Balance from 1983 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 72 Net Balance in July of 1984 and a record low of -55 Net Balance in December of 2008. This page provides - United Kingdom CBI Distributive Trades- actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. United Kingdom CBI Distributive Trades - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on June of 2021.

Cbi Distributive Trades in the United Kingdom is expected to be 20.00 Net Balance by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Cbi Distributive Trades in the United Kingdom to stand at 5.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United Kingdom CBI Distributive Trades is projected to trend around 9.00 Net Balance in 2022 and 6.00 Net Balance in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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United Kingdom CBI Distributive Trades

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
18.00 20.00 72.00 -55.00 1983 - 2021 Net Balance Monthly
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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-02-23 11:00 AM Feb -45 -50 -38 -44
2021-03-25 11:00 AM Mar -45 -45 -37 -38
2021-04-27 10:00 AM Apr 20 -45 -5 -2
2021-05-25 10:00 AM May 18 20 30 34
2021-06-25 10:00 AM Jun 18 20
2021-07-28 10:00 AM Jul
2021-08-25 10:00 AM Aug
2021-09-24 10:00 AM Sep


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UK Retail Sales Below Forecasts: CBI
The CBI distributive trades survey’s retail sales balance in the United Kingdom eased to 18 in May 2021, from a near three-year high of 20 in the previous month and below market forecasts of 30. This was a period when all retailers were once again open for business, but before the full relaxation of restrictions for the hospitality and leisure sectors, which also play a vital role in supporting activity. Meanwhile, investment intentions for the coming 12 months rose at the fastest pace since February 1994, while employment continued to fall sharply in the year to May. By sectors, grocers, non-store retailers, hardware & DIY, and furniture & carpets retailers reported sales significantly above seasonal norms; while sales in clothing and specialist food were below normal. Stock levels in relation to expected sales were seen as too low, and to the greatest extent since the start of the series in 1983. Average selling prices grew at their fastest rate since November 2019.
2021-05-25
UK Retail Sales Strongest since 2018: CBI
The CBI distributive trades survey’s retail sales balance in the United Kingdom jumped to 20 in April of 2021, the highest reading since June of 2018 and beating market forecasts of -5. Retail sales volumes were viewed as good for the first time in 2021 and are expected to remain above seasonal norms in the year to May, with non-essential retail stores across the UK able to re-open by late-April. Hardware & DIY and furniture & carpets subsectors saw sales significantly above seasonal norms, supported by a consumer focus on home improvement. Grocers and non-store retailers also reported that sales were good for the time of the year. However, clothing and footwear store sales remained well below seasonal norms.
2021-04-27
UK Retail Sales Fall Sharply in March: CBI
The CBI distributive trades survey’s retail sales balance in the United Kingdom stood at -45 in March 2021, unchanged from the previous month and below market expectations of -37, suggesting retail sales orders continued to fall at a sharp rate due to the severe impact of the lockdown for many non-essential retailers. Sales volumes fell particularly sharply in sectors such as clothing, footwear, furniture & carpets and for department stores. The grocery sector, which remains open to customers, reported the biggest year-on-year decline in sales since April 2020, due to a period of extraordinarily high demand in March 2020 as shoppers stocked-up on essential items ahead of the first national lockdown. Looking ahead, retailers expect sales to grow in the year to April, the first time expectations have been positive since December 2019, reflecting the anticipated reopening of non-essential retail from mid-April.
2021-03-25
UK Retail Sales Fall More than Expected: CBI
The CBI distributive trades survey’s retail sales balance rose five points from the previous month to -45 in February 2021, missing market expectations of -38 and suggesting retail sales orders fell at a softer pace. The trade volumes contraction was also eased from the previous month as Britain remains under its third national lockdown. Among retailers, only grocers saw any growth in volumes in the year to February, with non-store sales flat and other retail sectors reporting sharp declines. Meanwhile, internet sales growth hit a new record. Looking ahead, retailers anticipate an even steeper fall in sales and orders for March, but sentiment for the quarter ahead stabilized.
2021-02-23

United Kingdom CBI Distributive Trades
The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Distributive Trades Survey (DTS) measures the health of the retail sector. The reading is compiled from a survey of about 150 retail and wholesale companies. It includes measures of sales activity across the distributive trades. It is a leading indicator of consumer spending. The figure is the difference between the percentage of retailers reporting an increase in sales and those reporting a decrease.