Retail sales volumes grew by 1.5%

Retail sales volume grew by 1.5 per cent from November to January compared to the previous three months, showing the impact of Christmas discounting.

There was an increase of 0.7 per cent in sales volume between December and January. The largest rise in sales activity came from the household goods sector, which saw growth of 4.2 per cent in the past three months compared to the previous three months.

This is the largest rise since August 2007. The non-store (internet/mail order) retailing sector rose by 8.3 per cent, which is the largest increase in the series since 1986.


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