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January 2019 UK Retail Sales: Solid Growth for Grocery and Clothing

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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 January UK Retail Sales Report:

  • The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported a solid January for U.K. retail sales, with value growth of 3.5% year over year, supported by a 3.2% volume increase.
  • The grocery and clothing sectors enjoyed robust growth, though department stores/mixed-goods retailers turned negative.
  • Total growth was supported by surprisingly large reported increases at DIY stores and health and beauty retailers, partially offset by reported deep declines at furniture retailers, floor coverings specialists, and computers and telecoms retailers. 

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