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Retail sales y-o-y growth during the coronavirus outbreak UK 2020, by retail sector

In March 2020, the year-on-year change in the quantity of goods bought (retail sales volumes) in predominantly food stores in Great Britain was registered as 10.1 percent. Compared to the year prior, the quantity of goods bought across all retailing fell by 5.8 percent.
The first Coronavirus case in the UK was recorded in February 28, 2020, although there had been British nationals abroad who contracted the virus. For further information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, please visit our dedicated Fact and Figures page.

Impact of Coronavirus on year-on-year growth in retail sales volume (quantity bought) in Great Britain in March 2020, by sector*

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Release date

April 2020


United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period

March 2020*

Supplementary notes

Data refers to percentage change in quantity bought (sales volume) in March 2020, compared to the same period in the year prior.

** Supermarkets, specialist food stores, and sales of alcoholic drinks and tobacco.
*** Non-specialized stores, textiles, clothing and footwear, household goods and other stores.

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