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Retail Insights

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31 January 2020

GfK Consumer Confidence - January 2020

Early indications suggest a modest Boris bounce in consumer sentiment, with GfK’s Consumer Confidence measure increasing by two points to -9 in January.

Four out of the five compone...

17 January 2020

ONS Retail Sales December 2019

Retail sales (value, non-seasonally adjusted, excluding fuel) rose by 3.4% year-on-year in December following a 0.3% dip in the previous month according to the latest figures from the ONS.


16 January 2020

RICS Residential Market Survey December 2019

RICS has reported an uplift in housing market activity following the Conservative government win. New instructions to market properties, as well as buyer demand and agreed sales, moved into positiv...

16 January 2020

Visa Consumer Spending Index December 2019

Visa's UK Consumer Spending Index continued to fall in December, with expenditure down by 1.2% year-on-year, driven by a strong ecommerce performance. This was up on the 2.0% decline in Novembe...

13 January 2020

GDP Monthly Estimate: November 2019

UK gross domestic product (GDP) rose 0.1% in the three months to November, slowing on October’s 0.2% rise which, along with September’s data, has been upwardly revised.


08 January 2020

Halifax House Price Index December 2019

House prices in December showed the greatest gains in 2019 according to Halifax, with prices up by 1.7% on the previous month.

In annual terms, house prices increased at their fastest pac...

20 December 2019

GfK Consumer Confidence - December 2019

In the run up to the general election, GfK’s Consumer Confidence measure increased three points to -11 in December, as consumer became more optimistic about the year ahead.

Four out...

19 December 2019

ONS Retail Sales November 2019

Retail sales (value, non-seasonally adjusted, excluding fuel) dipped 0.2% year-on-year in November according to the latest figures from the ONS. However, retail data for November has been distorted...

18 December 2019

Visa Consumer Spending Index November 2019

Visa's UK Consumer Spending Index dipped for a fourteenth consecutive month in November, with expenditure down by 2.0% year-on-year as ecommerce and store sales slipped back. However, the later...

17 December 2019

ONS Labour Market December 2019

The UK labour market retained strength in the run up to the Halloween Brexit deadline, with the proportion of 16 to 64 year olds in work reaching an all-time high according to ONS data released thi...

12 December 2019

RICS Residential Market Survey November 2019

The drop in house sales reported in RICS’s this morning appears to be bottoming out, with the proportion of surveyors who expect a rebound over the next year rising to its highest level since...