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June 2016 UK Retail Sales: Growth Softens, Apparel Slumps

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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 June UK Retail Sales Report:

  • Total UK retail sales rose by 1.1% year over year in June; the figure was below the 12-month average of 1.6% and marked a slowdown from solid growth in April and May.
  • Total sector performance was helped by a 14.6% uptick in Internet sales, which registered strong growth across all sectors but one.
  • Clothing sales were particularly challenged, declining by 7.9%. Most surprisingly, online clothing and footwear sales also declined, by 1.6%. It is noteworthy that, prior to June, online clothing and footwear sales had grown consistently every month for several years.


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