ONS Figures Show Year-On-Year Increase In Retail Sales

New figures from the Office for National Statistics have revealed a 1.5% drop in retail sales in January, down from a pre-Christmas boost of 2.5% but still 4.4% up on January 2013.

Comparing year-on-year figures for January there was an 8% increase in non-food sales, with sales of household good increasing by 9.8%, the largest year-on-year increase in these stores since July 2007. Other goods stores sales increased by 14.8%.

The amount spent online showed a similar pattern to the amount spent in store. Compared with January 2013 the amount spent online increased by 8.9% but fell by 3.3% compared with December 2013.

The full list of figures can be found on the ONS website.


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