Retail sector: like-for-like sales growth in the UK March 2021, by category

Year-on-year change in like-for-like retail sales in the United Kingdom (UK) from January 2021 to March 2021, by category*

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Sources

Release date

April 2021

Region

United Kingdom

Survey time period

January 2021 to March 2021

Supplementary notes

* Growth in total value of retail sales (spending), three month weighted average over two years (pre-pandemic levels).

The source adds the following information: "The BRC KPMG Retail Sales Monitor measures changes in the actual value (including VAT) of retail sales, excluding automotive fuel. The Monitor measures the value of spending and hence does not adjust for price or VAT changes. If prices are rising, sales volumes will increase by less than sales values. In times of price deflation, sales volumes will increase by more than sales values.

'Like-for-like' sales growth (LFL) is the percentage change in the value of comparable sales compared to the same period a year earlier. It excludes any spending in stores that opened or closed in the intervening year, thus stripping out the effect on sales of changes in floorspace. Many retailers include distance sales as a component of like-for-like comparable sales."

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