Retail sales in the United Kingdom increased 0.6% in December 2021 on a like-for-like basis from a year earlier, slowing from a 1.8% rise in the previous month as the spread of omicron and updated government guidelines dented spending during the final weeks of the year. The British Retail Consortium report showed sales of clothing and jewelry continued to dominate Christmas gift buying, while spending on food and drink was solid despite concern over the impact of omicron. It also noted that many people have chosen to shop online in December rather than travel to nearby high streets and shopping centers. However, the report warned of significant headwinds for the industry in 2022 from high inflation, rising energy bills and planned tax increases. On an annual basis, retail sales increased 8.9% on a like-for-like basis in 2021. source: BRC - British Retail Consortium
BRC Retail Sales Monitor YoY in the United Kingdom averaged 1.94 percent from 1995 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 39.60 percent in April of 2021 and a record low of -4.90 percent in November of 2019. This page includes a chart with historical data for the United Kingdom BRC Retail Sales Monitor YoY. United Kingdom BRC Retail Sales Monitor YoY - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on January of 2022.