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18 September 2020

ONS Retail Sales August 2020

Retail remained in growth in August, with overall retail sales (value, non-seasonally adjusted, excluding fuel) increasing by 4.1% year-on-year according to the latest ONS data. This follows a 2.9%...

18 September 2020

Visa Consumer Spending Index August 2020

Spending continued to recover in August as restrictions eased, with overall expenditure rising by by 4.7% year-on-year in the month according to Visa’s consumer sending index. This marked the...

15 September 2020

ONS Labour Market September 2020

The latest ONS labour market data shows a drop in the number of PAYE employees as the furlough scheme begins to unwind, with an increase in unemployment disproportionately hitting young people


11 September 2020

GDP Monthly Estimate: July 2020

UK gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 7.6% in the three months to July 2020, with all main sectors of the economy recording a decline. Indeed, the services sector fell by 8.1%, production by 3.5%...

10 September 2020

RICS Residential Market Survey August 2020

The latest RICS Residential Market Survey shows a continued post-lockdown rebound in the housing market, although the outlook for the year ahead remains muted as the market anticipates the impact o...

07 September 2020

Halifax House Price Index August 2020

The housing market has continued to pick up since estate agents reopened in mid-May – good news for home-related retailers, but there’s a rocky road ahead as the economic recovery is se...

21 August 2020

ONS Retail Sales July 2020

Retail sales continued to climb in July – the first full month that non-essential shops could reopen since lockdown began. The latest figures from the ONS bring the overall volume of retail s...

21 August 2020

GfK Consumer Confidence Index August 2020

GfK’s Consumer Confidence measure remained at -27 in August, unchanged from the previous reading but almost double the decline recorded a year ago. Within the index, three measures decreased...

12 August 2020

GDP Q2 2020 Preliminary Estimate

  • GDP fell by 20.4% in Q2 2020 compared to the previous quarter, following the 2.2% fall in the first quarter – the largest quarterly contraction since records began in 1955.

24 July 2020

ONS Retail Sales June 2020

Retail sales continued to rebound in June, as the reopening of non-essential shops mid-month released pent up demand.

The latest figures from the ONS bring the overall volume of retail sa...