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May 2020 UK Retail Sales: Partial Rebound in Discretionary Sector Even Before Most Stores Reopen

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UK retail sales saw improvement in May after April’s deep declines, aided by a strong performance in DIY and hardware-store sales as these were deemed essential by the government and were thus allowed to stay open during lockdown. Some sectors also began to reopen in May after coronavirus-led temporary closures,

We review the monthly data for UK retail in total and by sector:

  • We chart the trend in total value and volume retail sales growth over the last 13 months.
  • We show value sales growth for 20 sectors across food and nonfood retail, for each of the latest three months.
  • We discuss growth in online retail sales, by major sector.

Coresight Research’s monthly reports keep you up to date on US and UK retail sales, US retail traffic and in-store metrics, and key global consumer indicators. Click here to view our full collection of monthly reports.

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