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Economic indicators: retail and wholesale

Economic indicators measuring retail and wholesale trade are available from a number of sources, including government and professional organisations. On this page you can access reports and online resources providing statistics and commentary.

Online articles

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Useful links

BRC KPMG UK Retail Sales Monitor 
Weekly and monthly sales performance indicators from the British Retail Consortium. Subscription required for some data. There is also an index of the BRCs publications.

BRC-Nielsen Shop Price Index 
Published monthly by the British Retail Consortium, indicating the direction of price changes in the retail sector. Subscription required for some data.

BRC Footfall Monitor
Monthly report on footfall measured at town centres and out of town locations with a quarterly report on national vacancy rates. Subscription required for some data.

BRC Vacancies Monitor
Quarterly report on national shop vacancy rates measured at town centres. Subscription required for some data.

CBI Distributive Trades Survey
A subscription service that provides monthly indicator of trends in the UK retail and wholesale sectors.

Consumer Prices
The Office for National Statistics publishes statistics and commentary on inflation, the Retail Price Index (RPI) and Consumer Price Index (CPI).

IMRG Capgemini Sales Index
Measuring online retail sales. IMRG (Interactive Media in Retail Group) are the UK's online retail association and have been collecting online sales data since 2000. Membership required. 

Retail Sales Index
Monthly data from the Office for National Statistics on consumer spending and retail output. 

Further resources

We also produce a series of Business and Industry Guides that provide useful information on a variety of business and industry sectors, including links to market research reports, statistics, trade bodies and trade journals.

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