Department store promotions boost UK retail sales in June

UK retail sales rose 0.2% compared with May 2013 and was up 2.2% compared with June 2012, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Estimates of retail sales for June show continued growth in retail sales volumes and an underlying pattern of moderate growth. Comparing quarter 2 with quarter 1 in 2013, the quantity bought increased by 0.9%.

On an annual basis (June 2013 compared with June 2012) the quantity bought in the retail sector increased by 2.2%. The main sources of upward pressure came from the non-store retailing sector and non-specialised stores (ordepartment stores). Feedback from department stores suggested sales had increased due to promotions and consumers buying clearance items across a wide range of products. Sales in department stores grew 3%, the highest rise since March 2012.

In June 2013, the estimated weekly spend across all retailing averaged $10.5 billion (£6.9 billion), up from $10.3 billion (£6.8 billion) in May 2013 and $10 billion (£6.6 billion) in June 2012. The average weekly spend online (internet sales values non-seasonally adjusted) in June 2013 was $895.7 million (£586.9 million), an increase of 18.3% compared with June 2012.

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