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April 2019 UK Retail Sales: Late Easter and Warm Weather Drive Jump in Sales

Coresight Research

Executive Summary

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 April UK Retail Sales Report:

  • The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported a strengthening of year-over-year retail sales growth to 7.2% in April, with a 7.4% increase in volumes.
  • A late Easter (Easter Sunday was April 21 versus April 1 last year) meant some spending shifted from March into April.
  • The grocery, clothing and department store/mixed-goods sectors each enjoyed an uptick from the Easter timing and warm April weather.

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