Retail sales in the UK were up 0.8% mom in October of 2021, the first gain in six months and above forecasts of 0.5%, amid early Christmas shopping. The main upward contribution came from sales at non-food stores (4.2%), namely second-hand stores (charity shops and auction houses), games and toys, sports equipment stores, and clothing stores (6.2%). Clothing store's sales volumes in October 2021 were only 0.5% below pre-pandemic levels in February 2020. In contrast, sales of auto fuel declined 6.4% as consumption returns to more typical levels following strong growth in September, and sales of food edged down 0.3%. Meanwhile, the proportion of sales online fell to 27.3% in October 2021, its lowest proportion since March 2020 (22.5%) but still substantially higher than the 19.7% in February 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic. source: Office for National Statistics

Retail Sales MoM in the United Kingdom averaged 0.24 percent from 1996 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 13.90 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 November of 2021.

Retail Sales MoM in the United Kingdom is expected to be 0.60 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 0.70 percent in 2022 and 0.50 percent in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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United Kingdom Retail Sales MoM


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-10-22 06:00 AM Sep -0.2% -0.6% 0.5% 0.5%
2021-11-19 07:00 AM Oct 0.8% 0% 0.5% 0.7%
2021-12-17 07:00 AM Nov


Related Last Previous Unit Reference
Retail Sales MoM 0.80 0.00 percent Oct/21
Retail Sales YoY -1.30 -0.60 percent Oct/21
Consumer Spending 342787.00 336063.00 GBP Million Sep/21
Disposable Personal Income 369491.00 372643.00 GBP Million Jun/21
Personal Savings 11.30 18.00 percent Jun/21
Retail Sales Ex Fuel 1.60 -0.40 percent Oct/21

News Stream
UK Retail Sales Rise for 1st Time in 6 Months
Retail sales in the UK were up 0.8% mom in October of 2021, the first gain in six months and above forecasts of 0.5%, amid early Christmas shopping. The main upward contribution came from sales at non-food stores (4.2%), namely second-hand stores (charity shops and auction houses), games and toys, sports equipment stores, and clothing stores (6.2%). Clothing store's sales volumes in October 2021 were only 0.5% below pre-pandemic levels in February 2020. In contrast, sales of auto fuel declined 6.4% as consumption returns to more typical levels following strong growth in September, and sales of food edged down 0.3%. Meanwhile, the proportion of sales online fell to 27.3% in October 2021, its lowest proportion since March 2020 (22.5%) but still substantially higher than the 19.7% in February 2020 before the coronavirus pandemic.
2021-11-19
UK Retail Sales Unexpectedly Fall for 5th Month
Retail sales in the UK unexpectedly dropped 0.2% mom in September of 2021, following a downwardly revised 0.6% fall in August, and compared to forecasts of a 0.5% increase. Declines were seen in sales of household goods stores (-9.3%), such as furniture and lighting stores, and other non-food stores (-1.7%) such as sports equipment stores. In contrast, sales of automotive fuel rose 2.9% and those of food went up 0.6%. Despite relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions in summer 2021, in-store retail sales remain subdued; the proportion of retail sales online rose to 28.1% in September 2021 from 27.9% in August, substantially higher than the 19.7% in February 2020 before the pandemic. Retail sales were 4.2% higher than their pre-coronavirus pandemic February 2020 levels.
2021-10-22
UK Retail Sales Unexpectedly Fall for 2nd Month
Retail sales volumes in the UK dropped by 0.9 percent in August, a fourth consecutive month of falls and below market expectations of a 0.5 percent increase. It was the longest period of declines in at least 25 years, amid a resurgence of coronavirus cases and supply disruptions. Data also suggested that the further easing of hospitality restrictions during August had an impact on sales at food and non-food stores as people shifted spending to services such as eating and drinking at restaurants and bars. Food store sales were down by 1.2 percent and non-food stores reported a decline of 1.0 percent in trade, driven by falls in department stores (-3.7 percent) and other stores, such as sports equipment and computer stores (-1.2 percent). Meanwhile, automotive fuel sales rose by 1.5 percent as people continued to increase their amount of travel.
2021-09-17

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.