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  • Release date:
    22 December 2020
  • Next release:
    31 March 2021
  • Dataset ID:
    CT

About this Dataset

Consumer trends dataset up to Quarter 3 (July to Sept) 2020. This dataset is consistent with Blue Book 2020.

Edition in this dataset

Previous versions of this data are available.

Important notes and usage information

Usage information

Since Quarter 1 (Jan to Mar) 2020, estimates of household final consumption expenditure (HHFCE), along with other components of gross domestic product (GDP), have been subject to more uncertainty than usual as a result of the challenges we faced in collecting the data under government-imposed public health restrictions. In the case of HHFCE, these challenges have been compounded by the suspension of data collection for the International Passenger Survey (IPS) on 16 March and the temporary suspension of the Living Costs and Food Survey (LCF) between 16 March and 14 April.

The quarterly consumer trends data are typically published around 90 days after the end of the calendar quarter.

This release contains data that are consistent with the UK National Accounts, the Blue Book: 2020, released on 30 October 2020. As such, data for all periods within this release are subject to revision in line with the National Accounts Revisions Policy.

The Blue Book is the UK’s annual compendium of national accounts data and incorporates a number of improvements to methods and sources into the UK National Accounts.

The reference year and last base year for all chained volume measure estimates is now 2018.

Further information on latest developments and changes implemented in Blue Book 2020 can be found in the article, Latest developments and changes to be implemented in Blue Book and Pink Book 2020.

HHFCE includes spending on goods and services except for: buying or extending a house, investment in valuables (for example, paintings and antiques), or purchasing second-hand goods. Explanations for these exceptions and the related concepts are available in the Consumer trends QMI.

Contact details for this dataset

Vera Ruddock
consumer.trends@ons.gov.uk
+44 (0)1633 455864

Publications that use this data

Methodology