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Retail Insights

Retail Economics provide regular insights on UK retailing. Browse our extensive archive for insights on topics such as: Brexit, online retail developments, ONS Consumer Price Index, the outlook for UK retail, consumer sentiments and much more…

10 May 2016

Brexit - A Retail Industry Perspective

It is argued that both the break with the EU, and the uncertainty associated with it, would be damaging for businesses and could undermine the UK’s economic recovery.

In reality, should Brita...

04 April 2016

Is consumer spending about to lose steam?

Consumer spending has grown strongly over the last three years with the underlying backdrop for households supported by strong employment growth, record-low interest rates, low levels of inflation and...

19 February 2016

Inflation edges up for third consecutive month

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) was positive for a third consecutive month in January with prices rising +0.3 per cent, year-on-year – in line with consensus expectations. The main upward pressure came...

25 January 2016

Online the saviour of Christmas for UK retail

Total online sales rose by 12.1 per cent in December, year-on-year, as consumers opted for the convenience of online over visiting the high street. Average weekly online sales reached £1,149 million...