The office of national statistics (UK) has today submitted a publication on retail sales in Great Britain which overall showed a growth of 1.8% in the 3 months to April as compared with the 3 months before, of which 9.4% coming from non-store front retailing. When compared with the previous year’s sales over the same period sales increased by 5.2%. In addition, it was found that in April 2019, online retailing accounted for 18.7% of total retailing compared with 17.7% in April 2018, with an overall growth of 10.1% when compared with the same month a year earlier.
Commenting on today’s retail sales figures, Head of Retail Sales Rhian Murphy said:
“Retail growth was strong in the three months to April with a record quarter for the online sector, driven mainly by clothing purchases, with warmer weather boosting sales. Elsewhere, department stores continued to see their sales fall.”
The publication has been summarised by the office for National Statistics on Internet users in the UK 2019 as follows:
• Virtually all adults aged 16 to 44 years in the UK were recent internet users (99%) in 2019, compared with 47% of adults aged 75 years and over.
• 7.5% of adults had never used the internet in 2019, down from 8.4% in 2018.
• 91% of adults in the UK were recent internet users in 2019, up from 90% in 2018.
• In 2019, the number of disabled adults who were recent internet users reached over 10 million for the first time, 78% of disabled adults.
• London and the South East were the UK regions with the highest recent internet use (93%) in 2019, while Northern Ireland remained the lowest at 87%.
• 95% of adults aged 16 to 74 years in the UK in 2018 were recent internet users, the third-highest in the EU.