Giuseppe Sandro Mela.
L’Office of National Statistics, ha rilasciato il Report Retail sales, Great Britain: May 2021.
– Il Report è molto esteso, motivo per cui ne riporteremo solo alcuni brani.
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– Retail sales volumes were 9.1% higher than in February 2020 before the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
– Retail sales volumes declined by 1.4% between April and May 2021 following a sharp increase in April when retail restrictions were eased; despite the monthly decline, over April and May combined, average total retail sales volumes were still 7.7% higher than in March 2021, and were 9.1% higher than in February 2020 before the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
– The largest contribution to the monthly decline in May 2021 came from food stores where sales volumes fell by 5.7%; anecdotal evidence suggests the easing of hospitality restrictions had had an impact on sales as people returned to eating and drinking at locations such as restaurants and bars.
– Non-food stores reported a 2.3% increase in monthly sales volumes in May 2021 with household goods stores (for example, hardware and furniture stores) and “other” non-food stores reporting the largest growth of 9.0% and 7.7% respectively.
– The large increase in sales volumes in April, followed by a relatively small fall in May, has resulted in the volume of sales for the three months to May 2021 being 8.3% higher than in the previous three months; there was strong growth in automotive fuel sales and non-food retailers of 19.3% and 17.8% respectively.
– The proportion of retail sales conducted online remains substantially higher than before the pandemic, but in May all retail sectors, with the exception of food stores, reported a fall in their proportions of online sales as consumers returned to physical stores; the total proportion of sales online decreased to 28.5% in May 2021, down from 29.8% in April 2021.
– In comparison with February 2020, the value of total online retail sales in May 2021 was 58.8% higher, whereas in-store sales were 1.3% lower.
– Retail sales volumes in May 2021 were 24.6% higher than in May 2020, which was affected by the first national lockdown when the tightest restrictions were in place; however, these growth rates are distorted by base effects and are not a reliable guide.»
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«Retail sales in the United Kingdom declined by 1.4 percent from a month earlier in May 2021, following a 9.2 percent increase in April when retail coronavirus-induced restrictions were eased and missing market expectations of a 1.6 percent advance. Receipts at food stores fell 5.7 percent, as the easing of hospitality restrictions had an impact on sales as people returned to eating and drinking at locations such as restaurants and bars; and on-line trade dropped by 4.2 percent, following the reopening of non-essential retail. On the other hand, non-food stores reported a 2.3 percent rise, with household goods stores, such as hardware and furniture stores, and “other” non-food stores reporting the largest growth of 9.0 percent and 7.7 percent, respectively. Automotive fuel sales increased by 6.2 percent, as people continued to increase their amount of travel. Still, total retail sales were up 9.1 percent when compared with their pre-pandemic February 2020 levels.»