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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.

Lifestyle ch...

13 October 2020

ONS Labour Market October 2020

The latest ONS labour market data shows little change in the number of PAYE employees on the previous month, while the unemployment rate and level of redundancies increased.

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09 October 2020

GDP Monthly Estimate: August 2020

Monthly Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rose by 2.1% in August, following July’s rise of 6.4% and a 9.1% uplift in June. GDP is still 9.2% lower than the level seen before the full impact of the...

30 September 2020

GDP Q2 2020 Quarterly National Accounts

GDP records its largest contraction on record

  • GDP fell by 19.8%% in Q2 2020 from the previous quarter, revised up by 0.6 percentage points from the previous estimate – the l...

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...