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December 2016 UK Retail Sales and Christmas Wrapup: A Bumper Holiday Period

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

Our monthly UK Retail Sales Report reviews the latest sector data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Highlights from our December UK Retail Sales Report:

  • Grocery retailers enjoyed a bumper month, with sales up 4.3%.
  • Internet pure plays and mail-order retailers saw sales growth accelerate even further, to 30.9%.
  • Leading midmarket retailers such as Marks & Spencer (M&S), Debenhams, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons turned in better-than-expected top-line figures.
  • Apparel saw an end-of-year improvement, with M&S reporting positive comps, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons citing strong growth and ASOS and beating expectations.

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