n September 2013 the volume of UK retail sales
rose by 2.2% compared with September 2012 and by 0.6% compared with August 2013.
With three month-on-three month growth rates increasing for seven consecutive
months these estimates show an underlying trend of growth in the retail
The Office for National Statistics
[pdf] the quarter-on-quarter, the quantity bought in the retail industry
increased by 1.5%. This is the largest quarter-on-quarter rise since March 2008
when the economy as a whole was at its peak, before the economic downturn.
Of the four main retail sectors, non-food stores and non-store retailing saw an
increase in the quantity bought in September 2013 compared with September 2012,
with increases of 3.6% and 19.1% respectively. Food stores and petrol stations
(including supermarket petrol stations) saw falls in the quantity bought of 0.6%
and 2.4% respectively over the same period.
The amount spent in the retail industry continued to increase, in September 2013
the amount spent increased by 3.2% compared with September 2012 and by 0.5%
compared with August 2013. Non-seasonally adjusted data show the average weekly
spend in September 2013 was £6.8 billion.
Store price inflation as measured by the implied price deflator showed that
price increases in the retail industry continued to slow, with average prices
increasing 0.9% year on year compared with 1.6% in August 2013.
James McGregor, director of the retail consultants, Retail Remedy
commented: "Newly confident consumers have given the high street a high
"The retail market continues to go from strength to strength, although its
return will have left many economists scratching their heads given where wage
inflation is at," he said. ""The long run of warm weather in late summer was
certainly a catalyst for growth, but now the baton has been passed to resurgent
levels of consumer confidence."
McGregor added: "We've had a spate of upbeat economic data and people can hear
and see this. More importantly, they can sense that things are improving.
Because people feel more confident about the future, they feel more confident to
"It's also a case of people finally starting to spend some of the money they
have squirrelled away over the past five years.
"Online sales continue to go through the gears. For average weekly spend online
to be a fifth higher than it was last year drives home just how integral to our
lives the internet has become. Retailers with a multi-channel presence, with the
internet at its core, are best placed to thrive in the modern retail