Retail sales up 2.5% in June

23 July, 2009

Retail sales showed a modest recovery in June according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics.

The seasonally-adjusted value of total retail sales was 2.5% ahead of June 2008, with volume sales up 2.9%.

The quarter from March to June showed a 1.3% volume increase on the corresponding period a year ago, and a 1.4% rise in value.

Growth was led by outlets classified as “predominantly food stores”, which saw a value sales increase of 6.5% in June against the same month in 2008.

Estimated prices were 0.2% lower than a year earlier.

The average weekly value of retail sales over the internet was £179.8 million in June, 3.3% of the total retail market.




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