Retail Sales by the Office fore National Statistics: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/
October shows annual growth of 3.4 per cent

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Volume of retail sales, all retailers, seasonally adjusted

Year on year, the volume of retail sales in October 2009 was 3.4 per cent higher than in October 2008. Predominantly food stores increased by 1.6 per cent compared to the same period a year ago. Predominantly non-food stores increased by 3.5 per cent. Within predominantly non-food stores, all sectors showed growth apart from other stores which decreased by 4.7 per cent. The largest rise was textile, clothing and footwear stores at 10.7 per cent, driven by clothing. Non-store retailing and repair increased by 15.8 per cent.

Sales volume in the three months August to October 2009 increased by 1.1 per cent when compared to the previous three months. Three-monthly growth increased by 0.4 per cent for predominantly food stores while predominantly non-food stores increased by 0.9 per cent. Within predominantly non-food stores, all sectors showed growth apart from other stores, which decreased by 0.8 per cent. The largest increase was in household goods stores at 3.3 per cent, driven by electrical stores. Non-store retailing and repair increased by 7.8 per cent.

Total sales volume in the three months to October was 2.8 per cent higher than the same period a year ago. Sales volume for predominantly food stores increased by 2.6 per cent. Predominantly non-food stores increased by 1.8 per cent. Within predominantly non-food stores, textile, clothing and footwear stores increased by 7.1 per cent, driven by clothing. In addition, non-specialised stores increased by 6.4 per cent - the largest rise since December 2007 when it was 7.3 per cent. Household good stores decreased by 0.6 per cent while other stores decreased by 3.7 per cent - the largest decrease since December 1991 when it fell by 3.8 per cent. Non-store retailing and repair increased by 14.4 per cent, the largest rise since August 2004 when it rose by 14.7 per cent.

Between September and October, total sales volume increased by 0.4 per cent. Predominantly food stores decreased by 0.1 per cent while predominantly non-food stores increased by 0.6 per cent. Within predominantly non-food stores, all sectors showed growth apart from other stores which decreased by 1.4 per cent. The largest rise was in textile, clothing and footwear stores at 2.1 per cent, driven by clothing. Non-store retailing and repair increased by 1.7 per cent.

The seasonally adjusted value of retail sales for October 2009 was 3.0 per cent higher than in October 2008 and the three months to October 2009 was 2.3 per cent higher than the same period a year earlier.

Notes:

   1. The October 2009 period covered 4 weeks from 4 October to 31 October
2. Retail sales volume is the total takings adjusted for inflation and the value of retail sales is the total actual takings

   3. All volume statistics referred to above are seasonally adjusted and chainlinked

   4. Sales refer to average weekly sales