Retail sales in the UK decreased 0.5% mom in May of 2022, after a downwardly revised 0.4% increase in April and compared to market expectations of a 0.7% fall. Sales in food stores declined 1.6% due to the impact of rising food prices and the cost of living. Meanwhile, non-food stores sales were unchanged as an increase in clothing sales (2.2%) was offset by a fall in household goods (-2.3%), such as furniture stores, and department stores (-1.1%) while automotive fuel sales rose (1.1%). Excluding fuel, retail sales were 0.7% lower. Considering the three months to May, retail sales fell 1.3%. source: Office for National Statistics

Retail Sales MoM in the United Kingdom averaged 0.22 percent from 1996 until 2022, reaching an all time high of 13.40 percent in June of 2020 and a record low of -18.30 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 July of 2022.

Retail Sales MoM in the United Kingdom is expected to be 0.20 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 0.40 percent in 2023 and 0.50 percent in 2024, according to our econometric models.

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United Kingdom Retail Sales MoM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2022-05-20 06:00 AM Apr 1.4% -1.2% -0.2% -0.2%
2022-06-24 06:00 AM May -0.5% 0.4% -0.7% -0.3%
2022-07-22 06:00 AM Jun -0.5% 0.2%


Related Last Previous Unit Reference
Retail Sales MoM -0.50 0.40 percent May 2022
Retail Sales YoY -4.70 -5.70 percent May 2022
Consumer Spending 358229.00 356660.00 GBP Million Mar 2022
Disposable Personal Income 373440.00 374155.00 GBP Million Mar 2022
Personal Savings 6.60 6.50 percent Mar 2022
Retail Sales Ex Fuel -0.70 0.20 percent May 2022

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.
Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-0.50 0.40 13.40 -18.30 1996 - 2022 percent Monthly
2016=100, SA

News Stream
UK Retail Sales Fall in May
Retail sales in the UK decreased 0.5% mom in May of 2022, after a downwardly revised 0.4% increase in April and compared to market expectations of a 0.7% fall. Sales in food stores declined 1.6% due to the impact of rising food prices and the cost of living. Meanwhile, non-food stores sales were unchanged as an increase in clothing sales (2.2%) was offset by a fall in household goods (-2.3%), such as furniture stores, and department stores (-1.1%) while automotive fuel sales rose (1.1%). Excluding fuel, retail sales were 0.7% lower. Considering the three months to May, retail sales fell 1.3%.
2022-06-24
UK Retail Sales Unexpectedly Rise in April
Retail sales in the UK unexpectedly rose 1.4% mom in April of 2022, rebounding from falls in the previous two months and beating market forecasts of a 0.2% fall. Increases were seen in sales at food store (2.8%), namely alcohol and tobacco in supermarkets; non-store retailers (3.7%), namely clothing; and automotive fuel (1.4%). On the other hand, supermarket food sales were broadly unchanged and sales at non-food stores fell by 0.6% in April, mainly due to household goods stores (-0.5%) such as furniture stores. Excluding fuel, retail sales were also 1.4% higher. Considering the three months to April however, retail sales fell 0.3%, and the outlook for consumer spending remains subdued as high inflation is hurting the purchasing power.
2022-05-20
UK Retail Sales Fall 1.4% in March
Retail sales in the UK dropped 1.4% mom in March of 2022, following an upwardly revised 0.5% fall in February and much worse than market forecasts of a 0.3% decline, as affordability starts to weigh and consumers spend less due to rising prices. Biggest downward contribution came from non-store retailing (-7.9%). Sales of food went down -1.1%, amid higher spending in pubs and restaurants linked to reduced coronavirus restrictions, as well as the impact of rising food prices on the cost of living. Other decreases were also seen in sales of auto fuel (-3.8%), with some nonessential road travel being reduced following record high petrol and diesel prices. On the other hand, sales at non-food store sales rose by 1.3% because of growth in other non-food stores (2.9%), and household goods stores (2.6%) such as DIY stores. Compared to their pre-coronavirus (COVID-19) February 2020 levels, retail sales were 2.2% higher.
2022-04-22