Christmas shopping: percentage change in store sales in the UK 2018, by category

During the Christmas period in 2018, store sales across various categories suffered a decline compared to the same period in 2017. The only category to experience a positive change in store sales was in the food & beverage category. Overall, store sales went down by 5.6 percent in 2018.

Percentage change in high street sales in the United Kingdom (UK) during the Christmas season in 2018*, by store category

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Release date

March 2019


United Kingdom

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Supplementary notes

* Percentage change in sales from December 2017. Christmas trading period is from Week 28 (December Week 1) to Week 52 (Dec Week 5).

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