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Great Retail Sales Figures from UK, But Won’t Change a Thing

Posted Friday, February 15, 2019 by
Skerdian Meta • 1 min read

The retail sales report from the UK was released a while ago and it was quite impressive. Retail sales have declined in 3 out of the last 4 months in Britain, and with the recent weak figures we have seen from the UK, I was expecting to see another negative figure. But, January’s sales jumped higher unexpectedly. Let’s have a look at the figures below:

UK Retail Sales ReportActualExpectedPrevious
Retail Sales January1.0%0.2%-0.9%
Core Sales January1.2%0.2%-1.0%
Retail Sales YoY4.2%3.4%3.1%
Core Sales YoY4.1%3.2%2.9%

Headline retail sales post a 1% jump for January, beating estimates of a 0.2% growth. The previous number from December was revised up from as well -0.9% to -0.7%. Core retail sales excluding autos, fuel comes +1.2% MoM against +0.2% expected. Core sales for December was revised higher to -1.0% against -1.3% expected.

Retail sales come at +4.2% YoY against +3.4% expected. Previous figure was revised a tick higher from +3.0% to +3.1%. Core retail sales YoY excluding autos and fuel come at +4.1% against +3.2% expected. The previous figure was revised to +2.9% from +2.6%.

So, great numbers all around but they won’t change the course of Brexit. Although, this is just one month after several negative ones. We will see if retail sales hold up in the coming months.

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