Main points from the ONS 2020 Retail Report...
Retail Sales Industry Stats
- In the three months to January 2020, the quantity bought in the retail sales industry fell by 0.8% when compared with the previous three months, with declines across all sectors.
Retail Volume Stats
- Retail volumes increased by 0.9% in January 2020, recovering from the falls in the previous two months; the increase was mainly because of moderate growth in both food stores (1.7%) and non-food stores (1.3%).
Fuel Retail Sales Stats
- Fuel saw a large fall of 5.7% in the quantity bought in January 2020 when compared with December 2019, which coincides with a rise in fuel prices of 2.3 pence per litre between December and January (consumer price inflation, January 2020).
Online Retail Sales Stats
- Online sales as a proportion of all retailing was 19.0% in January 2020, down from 19.3% in December 2019.