A first estimate of retail sales in volume and value terms, seasonally and non-seasonally adjusted.



The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs
  • are well explained and readily accessible
  • are produced according to sound methods
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.

Changes to this release date

  • Previous date:
    23 May 2019
    Reason for change:
    This release, which had been pre-announced to be published on 23 May, has been rescheduled to the next day. This is in line with the GSS policy on publishing official statistics on polling days.