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17 October 2019

ONS Retail Sales September 2019

Retail sales (value, non-seasonally adjusted, excluding fuel) rose by 3.6% year-on-year in September according to the latest figures from the ONS. Although this is below the 4.1% rise in September...

16 October 2019

ONS Consumer Prices Index September 2019

The headline Consumer Prices Index (CPI) rose 1.7%, year-on-year, in September, unchanged from the previous month. This was below expectations of a rise to 1.8% and below the Bank of England’...

16 October 2019

Visa Consumer Spending Index September 2019

Visa's UK Consumer Spending Index has been in decline for the past year, with the latest data showing that spending was down by 2.3% in September, marking the steepest drop since October 2012.<...

15 October 2019

ONS Labour Market October 2019

The latest labour market data from the ONS shows the number of people in work fell back in the three months to August, compared with the previous quarter. However, the number of people aged from 16...

10 October 2019

ONS Monthly GDP August 2019

UK gross domestic product (GDP) grew 0.3% in the three months to August following a 0.1% rise in the previous three-month period. Services was the main driver to growth on a three-month rolling bas...

04 October 2019

BDO High Street Sales Tracker September 2019

The latest BDO High Street Sales Tracker shows that overall like-for-like (LFL) sales declined 0.7% year-on-year in September, from a broadly flat 0.3% rise a year earlier, as physical stores suffe...

30 September 2019

GDP Quarterly National Accounts Q2 2019

GDP fell by 0.2% in Q2 2019 from the previous quarter, unrevised from the previous estimate. This followed an upwardly revised 0.6% rise in Q1 2019, which was partly a result of stockpiling ahead o...

27 September 2019

GfK Consumer Confidence - September 2019

GfK’s Consumer Confidence measure edged up two points to -12 in September, following the decision to suspend Parliament at the start of the month.

While overall confidence is still...

19 September 2019

ONS Retail Sales August 2019

Retail sales (value, non-seasonally adjusted, excluding fuel) rose by 2.8% year-on-year in August 2019, according to the latest figures from the ONS. This is down on the 3.8% rise in the previous m...

18 September 2019

Visa Consumer Spending Index August 2019

Visa's UK Consumer Spending Index declined for an eleventh month in August, down by 1.3% year-on-year, with the pace of slowdown broadly in line with recent months.

Spending volumes f...