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UK Retail Economic Briefing Report summary

March 2023

Period covered: Period covered: February 2023

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Economic activity

UK quarterly GDP is estimated to have increased by 00% in Q4 2022(Oct to Dec).

In Q4, services output grew by 00%, production growth was 00, and construction grew by 00%.


GfK’s Consumer Confidence Index increased two points in March to 00.

The Major Purchase Index increased four points to 00. This is nine points lower than the same month a year ago.

Expectations for the general economic situation over the coming 12 months are up by 3 points to 00. This is 00 points higher than the same month a year ago.


Headline inflation unexpectedly rose to 00% in February, from 00% last month – the first rise in 00 months.

The rise was predominately driven by higher prices of alcohol in pubs, cafés and restaurants, while food and clothing inflation also edged higher.

Overall inflation within the restaurant and hotel category rose at its fastest rate in over 00 00, after discounting in January ended.

Credit and Housing Market

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Inflation remains close to 40-year high

Source: ONS

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  • Summary and economic overview
  • GDP
  • Labour market statistics
  • Inflationary trends
  • Producer prices pressures
  • Consumer spending
  • Retail sales trends
  • Prices, costs and margins
  • House prices and mortgage approvals
  • Credit market statistics
  • Consumer Confidence
  • Wage Growth and more…