The underlying pattern in the data, as suggested by the 3 month on 3 month movement in the quantity bought, showed growth for the 23rd consecutive month, increasing by 0.9 per cent. Compared to September 2015, the quantity bought in the retail industry is estimated to have decreased by 0.6 per cent.
Average store prices (including petrol stations) fell by 3.3 per cent in October 2015 compared with October 2014, the 16th consecutive month of year-on-year price falls. The amount spent in the retail industry increased by 0.5 per cent in October 2015 compared with October 2014 and decreased by 0.7 per cent compared with September 2015.
The value of online sales increased by 11.2 per cent in October 2015 compared with October 2014 and decreased by 0.8% compared with September 2015.