Retail sales volumes in the UK dropped by 0.9 percent in August, a fourth consecutive month of falls and below market expectations of a 0.5 percent increase. It was the longest period of declines in at least 25 years, amid a resurgence of coronavirus cases and supply disruptions. Data also suggested that the further easing of hospitality restrictions during August had an impact on sales at food and non-food stores as people shifted spending to services such as eating and drinking at restaurants and bars. Food store sales were down by 1.2 percent and non-food stores reported a decline of 1.0 percent in trade, driven by falls in department stores (-3.7 percent) and other stores, such as sports equipment and computer stores (-1.2 percent). Meanwhile, automotive fuel sales rose by 1.5 percent as people continued to increase their amount of travel. source: Office for National Statistics

Retail Sales MoM in the United Kingdom averaged 0.24 percent from 1996 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 14 percent in June of 2020 and a record low of -17.80 percent in April of 2020. This page provides the latest reported value for - United Kingdom Retail Sales MoM - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. United Kingdom Retail Sales MoM - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on October of 2021.

Retail Sales MoM in the United Kingdom is expected to be -0.80 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the United Kingdom Retail Sales MoM is projected to trend around 0.70 percent in 2022 and 0.50 percent in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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United Kingdom Retail Sales MoM


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2021-06-18 06:00 AM May -1.4% 9.2% 1.6% 2.1%
2021-07-23 06:00 AM Jun 0.5% -1.3% 0.4% 0.7%
2021-08-20 06:00 AM Jul -2.5% 0.2% 0.4% 0.6%
2021-09-17 06:00 AM Aug -0.9% -2.8% 0.5% 0.7%
2021-10-22 06:00 AM Sep -0.9% 0.4% 0.5%
2021-11-19 07:00 AM Oct
2021-12-17 07:00 AM Nov


News Stream
UK Retail Sales Unexpectedly Fall for 2nd Month
Retail sales volumes in the UK dropped by 0.9 percent in August, a fourth consecutive month of falls and below market expectations of a 0.5 percent increase. It was the longest period of declines in at least 25 years, amid a resurgence of coronavirus cases and supply disruptions. Data also suggested that the further easing of hospitality restrictions during August had an impact on sales at food and non-food stores as people shifted spending to services such as eating and drinking at restaurants and bars. Food store sales were down by 1.2 percent and non-food stores reported a decline of 1.0 percent in trade, driven by falls in department stores (-3.7 percent) and other stores, such as sports equipment and computer stores (-1.2 percent). Meanwhile, automotive fuel sales rose by 1.5 percent as people continued to increase their amount of travel.
2021-09-17
UK Retail Sales Unexpectedly Fall in July
Retail sales volumes in the UK dropped by 2.5 percent from a month earlier in July 2021, the most since January and missing market expectations of a 0.4 percent increase as rising COVID-19 cases, Euro 2020 soccer tournament, and bad weather forced people to stay at home. Food store trade fell by 1.5 percent, partly in response to high volumes in the previous month due to the start of the Euro 2020 football championship and partly as a result of the full reopening of the hospitality sector on July 19th. Non-food store sales slumped by 4.4 percent, driven by other stores (-10.1 percent), such as second-hand goods and computer and telecoms equipment stores. Sales also fell in clothing and household goods stores. In addition, automotive fuel sales decreased by 2.9 percent, its first monthly fall since February, with heavy rainfall in early July impacting road traffic volumes. Online retail was the only one improving, with sales proportion at 27.9 percent vs 27.1 percent in June.
2021-08-20
UK Retail Sales Rebound
Retail sales in the UK were up 0.5% mom in June of 2021, following a downwardly revised 1.3% increase in May and slightly higher than forecasts of a 0.4% gain. The biggest upward contribution came from food stores where sales volumes rose by 4.2%, with anecdotal evidence suggesting these increased sales may be linked with the start of the Euro 2020 football championship. Automotive fuel sales increased by 2.3%, as people continued to increase their amount of travel. Non-food stores however, fell 1.7%, driven by declines in household goods stores, such as furniture stores and clothing stores. Compared with their pre-coronavirus pandemic February 2020 levels, retail sales were up 9.5%.
2021-07-23
UK Retail Sales Unexpectedly Fall in May
Retail sales in the United Kingdom declined by 1.4 percent from a month earlier in May 2021, following a 9.2 percent increase in April when retail coronavirus-induced restrictions were eased and missing market expectations of a 1.6 percent advance. Receipts at food stores fell 5.7 percent, as the easing of hospitality restrictions had an impact on sales as people returned to eating and drinking at locations such as restaurants and bars; and on-line trade dropped by 4.2 percent, following the reopening of non-essential retail. On the other hand, non-food stores reported a 2.3 percent rise, with household goods stores, such as hardware and furniture stores, and “other” non-food stores reporting the largest growth of 9.0 percent and 7.7 percent, respectively. Automotive fuel sales increased by 6.2 percent, as people continued to increase their amount of travel. Still, total retail sales were up 9.1 percent when compared with their pre-pandemic February 2020 levels.
2021-06-18

United Kingdom Last Unit Reference Previous Highest Lowest
Retail Sales MoM -0.90 percent Aug/21 -2.80 14.00 -17.80
Retail Sales YoY 0.00 percent Aug/21 1.90 42.30 -23.20
Consumer Spending 336063.00 GBP Million Jun/21 313922.00 364206.00 71280.00
Disposable Personal Income 369491.00 GBP Million Jun/21 372643.00 374823.00 69202.00
Personal Savings 11.30 percent Jun/21 18.00 22.50 -0.90
Retail Sales Ex Fuel -1.20 percent Aug/21 -2.40 13.50 -14.50


United Kingdom Retail Sales MoM
In the United Kingdom, the Retail sales report provides an aggregated measure of sales of retail goods and services over a specific time period. In the United Kingdom, Retail sales are seasonal, volatile and relatively important to the overall economy.