RETAIL SALES - JANUARY 2016
February 19 2016.



Year-on-year estimates of the quantity bought in the retail industry showed growth for the 33rd consecutive month in January 2016, increasing by 5.2% compared with January 2015.


The underlying pattern in the data, as suggested by the 3 month on 3 month movement in the quantity bought, showed growth for the 26th consecutive month, increasing by 1.4%.

Compared with December 2015, the quantity bought in the retail industry is estimated to have increased by 2.3%.

Average store prices (including petrol stations) fell by 2.6% in January 2016 compared with January 2015, the 19th consecutive month of year-on-year price falls.

The amount spent in the retail industry increased by 2.4% in January 2016 compared with January 2015 and increased by 2.3% compared with December 2015.

The value of online sales increased by 10.4% in January 2016 compared with January 2015 and increased by 2.7% compared with December 2015.