Retail sales in the UK were up 0.5% mom in June of 2021, following a downwardly revised 1.3% increase in May and slightly higher than forecasts of a 0.4% gain. The biggest upward contribution came from food stores where sales volumes rose by 4.2%, with anecdotal evidence suggesting these increased sales may be linked with the start of the Euro 2020 football championship. Automotive fuel sales increased by 2.3%, as people continued to increase their amount of travel. Non-food stores however, fell 1.7%, driven by declines in household goods stores, such as furniture stores and clothing stores. Compared with their pre-coronavirus pandemic February 2020 levels, retail sales were up 9.5%. source: Office for National Statistics

Retail Sales MoM in the United Kingdom averaged 0.26 percent from 1996 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 14.20 percent in June of 2020 and a record low of -17.80 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 2021.

Retail Sales MoM in the United Kingdom is expected to be -0.80 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 1.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the United Kingdom Retail Sales MoM is projected to trend around 0.70 percent in 2022 and 0.50 percent in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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United Kingdom Retail Sales MoM

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.50 -1.30 14.20 -17.80 1996 - 2021 percent Monthly
2016=100, SA


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-04-23 06:00 AM Mar 5.4% 2.2% 1.5% 1.4%
2021-05-21 06:00 AM Apr 9.2% 5.1% 4.5% 3.8%
2021-06-18 06:00 AM May -1.4% 9.2% 1.6% 2.1%
2021-07-23 06:00 AM Jun 0.5% -1.3% 0.4% 0.7%
2021-08-20 06:00 AM Jul 0.5%
2021-09-17 06:00 AM Aug
2021-10-22 06:00 AM Sep
2021-11-19 07:00 AM Oct


News Stream
UK Retail Sales Rebound
Retail sales in the UK were up 0.5% mom in June of 2021, following a downwardly revised 1.3% increase in May and slightly higher than forecasts of a 0.4% gain. The biggest upward contribution came from food stores where sales volumes rose by 4.2%, with anecdotal evidence suggesting these increased sales may be linked with the start of the Euro 2020 football championship. Automotive fuel sales increased by 2.3%, as people continued to increase their amount of travel. Non-food stores however, fell 1.7%, driven by declines in household goods stores, such as furniture stores and clothing stores. Compared with their pre-coronavirus pandemic February 2020 levels, retail sales were up 9.5%.
2021-07-23
UK Retail Sales Unexpectedly Fall in May
Retail sales in the United Kingdom declined by 1.4 percent from a month earlier in May 2021, following a 9.2 percent increase in April when retail coronavirus-induced restrictions were eased and missing market expectations of a 1.6 percent advance. Receipts at food stores fell 5.7 percent, as the easing of hospitality restrictions had an impact on sales as people returned to eating and drinking at locations such as restaurants and bars; and on-line trade dropped by 4.2 percent, following the reopening of non-essential retail. On the other hand, non-food stores reported a 2.3 percent rise, with household goods stores, such as hardware and furniture stores, and “other” non-food stores reporting the largest growth of 9.0 percent and 7.7 percent, respectively. Automotive fuel sales increased by 6.2 percent, as people continued to increase their amount of travel. Still, total retail sales were up 9.1 percent when compared with their pre-pandemic February 2020 levels.
2021-06-18
UK Retail Sales Rise Much More than Expected
Retail sales in the UK surged 9.2 percent month-over-month in April of 2021, the 3rd highest growth rate on record, reflecting the effect of the easing of coronavirus restrictions including the re-opening of all non-essential retail from mid-April. Figures beat market forecasts of a 4.5 percent rise. Non-food stores provided the largest upward contributions, namely clothing stores (69.4 percent). All retail sectors reported a fall in their proportions of online sales as physical stores re-opened during the month. The the total proportion of sales online decreased to 30.0 percent from 34.7 percent in March 2021. British retail sales are now 10.6 percent above their level in February 2020, before the pandemic struck. Year-on-year, retail sales jumped at a record 42.4 percent, due to low base effects from last year when the first national lockdown and the tightest restrictions were in place.
2021-05-21
UK Retail Sales Rise the Most in 9 Months
Retail sales in the UK surged 5.4 percent month-over-month in March of 2021, following an upwardly revised 2.2 percent rise in February and beating market forecasts of 1.5 percent. It is the biggest increase since a record jump in June last year, reflecting the effect of the easing of coronavirus restrictions on consumer spending. The first stage of easing the nationwide lockdown started in March but stores, pubs and restaurants opened in April only. Non-food stores provided the largest positive contribution, led by clothing (17.5 percent) and other non-food stores (13.4 percent). Automotive fuel retailers also reported strong monthly growth of 11.1 percent as travel restrictions were eased and sales at food stores were up 2.5 percent, namely butchers and bakers, likely reflecting the continued closure of the hospitality sector during the Easter period. On the quarter however, retail sales were 5.8 percent lower than in the last three months of 2020.
2021-04-23

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.