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UK Macroeconomic Data

Retail Economics identifies crucial economic indicators which underpin the strength of the economy and consumer spending.

As a subscriber, you can instantly view, download and analyse a range of retail data sources using our data visualisation tools and intuitive dashboard:

  • Demand: GDP, consumer spending, retail sales etc.
  • Inflation: food, housing costs, transport, recreation and culture etc.
  • Labour: unemployment, average earnings, inactivity rate etc.
  • Assets and Credit: house prices, household debt, mortgage approvals etc.
  • Downloadable retail sales time series data and more...

Subscribers can click on the download icon to access a CSV file containing up to ten years' worth of data which can be easily manipulated.

As a subscriber, we can also work with you to provide you with bespoke Excel charting options with the indicators that most suit your business needs.

Non-subscribers can only view and select data up to December 2014. Subscribers can view and select the latest available data, going back up to ten years.

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UK Economic Indicator (ONS)

% change Q2 2019 Q3 2019 Q4 2019 Q1 2020 Source Download
GDP (% change Q-o-Q) -0.2 0.5 ONS
GDP (% change Y-o-Y) 1.2 0.8 ONS
Agriculture (% change Q-o-Q) -0.4 0.1 ONS
Construction (% change Q-o-Q) -3.3 2.1 ONS
Production (% change Q-o-Q) -3 2 ONS
Services (% change Q-o-Q) 0.2 0.7 ONS

Labour Market (ONS)

% change year-on-year Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Source Download
Unemployment Rate (%) 3.8 3.8 3.9 N/A ONS
Youth Unemployment Rate (%) N/A N/A N/A N/A ONS
Employment Rate (%) 76.3 76.5 76.5 N/A ONS
Employment (000's) 32901 32934 32985 N/A ONS
Unemployment (000's) 1306 1290 1343 N/A ONS
Average Earnings Growth 3.2 3.2 3.2 2.8 ONS
Claimant Count (000s) 1211.4 1226.4 1229 1228.8 ONS
Inactivity Rate (%) 20.6 20.5 20.4 N/A ONS
Unemployed - 16-17 (000s) 94 98 96 N/A ONS
Unemployed - 18-24 (000s) 388 383 410 N/A ONS
Unemployed - 25-49 (000s) 542 521 534 N/A ONS
Unemployed - 50 plus (000s) 283 288 302 N/A ONS
Total hours worked weekly 1054.1 1050.1 1051.1 N/A ONS
Average hours worked Full Time 37.1 36.9 36.9 N/A ONS
Average hours worked Part Time 16.3 16.2 16.1 N/A ONS
% change year-on-year Q2 2019 Q3 2019 Q4 2019 Q1 2020 Source Download
Productivity Whole Economy 101.1 101.6 ONS
Productivity Per Worker 101 101.6 ONS
Unit Labour Cost Per Worker 108.9 109.4 ONS

Assets (Bank of England)

% change year-on-year Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Source Download
UK mortgage approvals y/y -3 1.7 4.9 7.2 Bank of England
UK mortgage approvals m/m -15.3 14.6 44.2 74.1 Bank of England
UK mortgage approvals (thousands) 65.3 66.1 68.1 71.3 Bank of England

Credit (ONS)

% change year-on-year Q2 2019 Q3 2019 Q4 2019 Q1 2020 Source Download
Household savings ratio (%) 6 5.2 ONS
Total debt to income ratio 132 134.8 ONS
% change year-on-year Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Source Download
Secured Lending 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.5 Bank of England
Net unsecured borrowing 6.2 5.9 6.1 6 Bank of England
Source: Where ONS is noted as a source, this is licensed under the Open Government Licence v.3.0.