Quantcast

Sex Education series three FIRST LOOK

Sex Education series three FIRST LOOK: Gillian Anderson's sex therapist character is spotted with a baby bump while filming alongside on-screen son Asa Butterfield By...
More

    Katie Price’s daughter Princess, 13, dutifully pushes her mum’s wheelchair to the hair salon

    Katie Price's daughter Princess, 13, dutifully pushes her mum's wheelchair to the hair salon before snapping selfies during pamper session By Ciara Farmer For Mailonline...

    Hundreds of non-recyclable fiberglass wind turbine blades are pictured piling up in landfill

    Not so green energy: Hundreds of non-recyclable fiberglass wind turbine blades are pictured piling up in landfillsIndestructible wind turbine blades can't easily be crushed, recycled...

    Borat’s Bulgarian honey-trap girl: Glamorous BLM-supporting 24-year-old plucked from obscurity 

    Borat's Bulgarian honey-trap girl: Sacha Baron Cohen character's '15-year-old daughter' in Rudy Giuliani sting is revealed to be glamorous BLM-supporting 24-year-old actress plucked from...

    Paediatric nurse, 34, was in ‘good spirits’ hours before her death

    Paediatric nurse, 34, was in 'good spirits' hours before her body was found under motorway bridge and her seven-month-old son was discovered dead at...

    Recovery hopes for UK plc as retail sales rose 0.8 per cent last month

    Britons get spending again: Recovery hopes for UK plc as retail sales rose 0.8 per cent last month with people splashing out on improving homes

    • Retail sales were up 0.8 per cent in August from July as Britons spend again
    • Level is now 4 per cent higher than in February before lockdown was imposed 
    • Spend on home improvements and high activity online has fueled the increase 

    There were fresh signs of revival in the economy today with figures showing Britons going out spending. 

    Retail sales were up 0.8 per cent last month from July, fueled by home improvements and continuing high levels of online shopping. 

    The figures are now 4 per cent above February before the coronavirus lockdown hit – suggesting that confidence is returning. However, clothing stores are still suffering.

    Jonathan Athow of the Office for National Statistics said: ‘Retail sales continued to grow, further surpassing their pre-pandemic level.

    ‘Sales of household goods thrived as the demand for home improvement continued and, despite a dip this month, online sales remained high.

    Retail sales were up 0.8 per cent last month from July, fueled by home improvements and continuing high levels of online shopping

    ‘However, clothing stores continued to struggle with sales still well below their February level.

    ‘Overall, the switch to greater online sales means the high street remains under pressure.’   

    The 0.8 per cent increase in August was a slowing from 3.6 per cent monthly growth in July.

    But it exceeded the expectations from analysts, who had forecast a 0.6 per cent improvement.

    Online sales continued to be strong as shoppers chose to stay at home but dipped slightly against the previous month.

    Sales from online channels moved 2.5 per cent lower against July’s data but were still 46.8 per cent higher than pre-pandemic levels.

    Spending on household goods was particularly strong in August, with retailers reporting a 9.9 per cent jump in sales of homeware products compared to February.

    Clothing sales have struggled to recover at the same pace and remained 15.9 per cent below pre-Covid levels.

    The ONS also reported that 51.5 per cent of food retailers said they saw a decrease in footfall from August 10 to August 23, which it said could be linked to the reopening of other areas of the economy, such as restaurants and bars.

    Sales data from large retailers also showed a slight dip in sales in July and August compared to the previous months, as more people ate out again.

    Jonathan Athow, deputy national statistician for economic statistics, said: ‘Retail sales continued to grow, further surpassing their pre-pandemic level.

    ‘Sales of household goods thrived as the demand for home improvement continued and, despite a dip this month, online sales remained high.

    ‘However, clothing stores continued to struggle with sales still well below their February level.

    Rishi Sunak (pictured on a visit to a pottery in Stoke-on-Trent this week) has said confidence will be critical for the recovery

    Rishi Sunak (pictured on a visit to a pottery in Stoke-on-Trent this week) has said confidence will be critical for the recovery

    ‘Overall, the switch to greater online sales means the high street remains under pressure.’

    Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, said: ‘It is clear that the retail industry is entering a period of fragile recovery, with August showing the third consecutive month of growth.

    ‘However, the recovery remains a mixed bag, with high growth in online sales while city centre shops suffered as a result of low footfall.’

    Lisa Hooker, consumer markets leader at PwC, said: ‘After the stellar recovery in retail sales we saw in the past three months, it’s no surprise that the monthly rate of growth slowed in August.

    ‘Being the second month of the high street reopening in full, much of the focus last month was on the hospitality and leisure sectors.

    ‘The popularity of initiatives such as Eat Out To Help Out even led to a rare slowdown in grocery sales growth.’

    LEAVE A REPLY

    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here

    Latest Posts

    Cardiff’s streets lie empty on first weekend after country was put on 17-day ‘fire break’ lockdown

    Ghost town Wales: Cardiff's streets lie empty on first weekend after country was put on 17-day 'fire break' lockdown and shops were banned from...

    Nazi wives: The bizarre romances of Hitler’s henchmen and the women who fell in love with them 

    Nazi wives: The bizarre and debauched romances of Hitler's henchmen and the women who fell in love with them Magda Goebbels married propagandist Joseph 'to...

    ‘I’d love to have another baby’: Sheridan Smith is ready to have more kids with fiancé Jamie Horn

    'I’d love to have another baby!' Sheridan Smith, 39, reveals she is ready for more children with fiancé Jamie Horn, 30... six months after...

    Pregnant Camilla Thurlow reveals she’s ‘a few days’ overdue

    'I have a habit of overcooking things!' Pregnant Camilla Thurlow reveals she's 'a few days' overdue as she and Jamie Jewitt spend last moments...