Your browser is no longer supported. For the best experience of this website, please upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Non-food retail sales drop in August

The volume of non-food retail sales in August fell 0.7%, with all sectors recording decreases.

Between July and August, the volume of retail sales across all sectors also fell by 0.5%, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The year-on-year figures saw volumes for August 0.4% higher than in the same month last year. Non-food stores increased 4.6% year-on-year.

Non-food sales volume in the three months from June to August increased by 2.2%, compared to the previous three months.

Barclays Corporate head of retail and wholesale Richard Lowe said: “The slow down started to show in August with subdued consumer confidence finally filtering through to the high street. The environment is likely to get tougher with next month’s comprehensive spending review weighing heavily on household purses. The one significant increase, which is encouraging, was from e-commerce with a significant rise in online sales.”

Readers' comments (1)

  • Do these people (e.g. Barclays Corporate head of retail and wholesale Richard Lowe) not understand that a large part of the e-commerce increases are simply transactions which have been divertedfrom the high street rather than extra spend. Therefore it does not strike me that this should be viewed as encouraging if the overall figures are weak.
    Are distance selling (i.e. e-commerce and more traditional mail order) included in these retail figures?

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.