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22 January 2021

ONS Retail Sales December 2020

Retail sales (value, non-seasonally adjusted, excluding fuel) dipped by 0.3% year-on-year in December according to the latest ONS data, against a backdrop of shop closures in some regions during th...

15 January 2021

RICS Residential Market Survey December 2020

The latest RICS Residential Market Survey continues to point to rising activity, with indicators on enquiries, sales and new instructions all remaining positive. The market is losing momentum howev...

15 January 2021

ONS Monthly GDP November 2020

Following six consecutive months of growth, GDP fell by 2.6% in November as increased coronavirus restrictions across the UK reduced activity within the economy. GDP remains 8.9% lower than the lev...

18 December 2020

ONS Retail Sales November 2020

Retail sales (value, non-seasonally adjusted, excluding fuel) increased by 7.6% in November compared to last year according to the latest ONS data, despite the national lockdown in the month which...

15 December 2020

ONS Labour Market December 2020

The latest ONS labour market data shows some recovery in hours worked, despite redundancies hitting a record high as hospitality and physical retail remains under intense pressure from Covid-19 res...

10 December 2020

GDP Monthly Estimate: October 2020

Monthly GDP rose by just 0.4% in October, slowing on the previous month but above market expectations of flat growth. GDP remains 7.9% lower than the level seen before the full impact of the pandem...

10 December 2020

RICS Residential Market Survey November 2020

The uplift in the residential housing market continues according to the latest RICS Residential Market Survey, but shows some loss of steam as the end of the stamp duty reduction in March 2021 near...

20 November 2020

ONS Retail Sales October 2020

Retail sales (value, non-seasonally adjusted, excluding fuel) rose by a strong 8.4% in October according to the latest ONS data – the fastest rate since July 1990 (excluding Easter distortion...

12 November 2020

GDP Q3 2020 Preliminary Estimate

  • GDP rose by a record 15.5% in Q3 2020 compared to the previous quarter as lockdown measures were eased.
  • Compared with the same quarter a year ago, the UK economy fell by 9.6%.

23 October 2020

ONS Retail Sales September 2020

Retail sales (value, non-seasonally adjusted, excluding fuel) increased for a fourth consecutive month in September, up by 5.8% year-on-year according to the latest ONS data.

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