Retail sales rose by 6.1 per cent in April, year-on-year, according to the Retail Economics Retail Sales Index (value, non-seasonally adjusted and excluding fuel) as the timing of Easter positively distorted annual sales growth. In the three months to April, which irons out the seasonal distortions, sales rose by 2.4 per cent — the fastest since December 2016.Spring is always a tricky period to assess given shifts in the timing of Easter and the distorting impact this has on annual sales comparisons. Easter fell in mid- April this year compared with 27 March in 2016 meaning that there was a significant boost in year-on-year sales comparisons across most sectors. That said, Food, DIY and Home-related products are most influenced by Easter. Meanwhile, warmer and drier weather than last year would have driven spending across apparel and boosted footfall more generally. Indeed, according to the Met Office, April was the second driest since 1982 and an average of 8.0 degrees Celsius — 1.5 degrees higher than the previous year.
UK Retail Sales Report
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UK Retail Sales - May 2017
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The UK Retail Sales report includes:
|Summary and economic overview|
|Sales growth by category (year-on-year)|
|Online sales growth (year-on-year)|
|Sales spend by region|
|Total spend by sector|
|Average weekly spend (£m)|
|Footfall by channel|
|Summary of external retail sales sources including Office for National Statistics, British Retail Consortium, CBI, BDO, John Lewis, Visa and more|