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ONS retail sales figures show 0.1% value decline in November

Retail Sales - November 2011

• Headline: Value of retail sales in November 2011 showed an increase of 4.6 per cent compared with November 2010.

• Headline: Sales volumes in November 2011 increased by 0.7 per cent compared to November
2010.

• Non-store retailing and automotive fuel sales volumes increased in November 2011 compared
to November 2010 by 18.9 and 2.7 per cent respectively. The predominantly food and predominantly non-food sectors saw sales volumes decrease by 0.6 and 0.7 per cent respectively.

• Non-seasonally adjusted volume data shows that again small stores provided the most upward pressure increasing by 4.5 per cent, in comparison large stores decreased by 0.1 per cent over the same period. Non-seasonally adjusted value data shows that small stores value sales grew by 7.8 per cent, in comparison large stores increased by 3.6 per cent.

• The average weekly spend on online retailing has increased to £787.9 million up from £546.4 million in October 2011 and is now estimated to account for 12.2 per cent of all retail sales (excluding automotive fuel).

Household goods stores sales volumes increased by 0.1 per cent in November 2011 compared to November 2010 and sales values increased by 0.4 per cent over the same period. However, it was a mixed picture for the stores within this sector.

Non seasonally adjusted data shows that hardware or DIY stores sales volumes increased by 1.2 per cent, sales volumes in electrical household appliance stores increased by 0.5 per cent and sales volumes in furniture and lighting stores increased by 0.6 per cent. Only stores selling music and videos recordings and equipment experienced sales decreases with sales volumes decreasing by 12.0 per cent.

The prices of goods sold within these stores are estimated to have decreased by 0.1 per cent compared to November 2010 and an estimated £2.5 billion was spent in these stores in November 2011.

Source : ONS
www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171778_245869.pdf

15 December 2011
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