UK retail sales volumes partly rebound in May, rise by 12%
Retail sales volumes in the United Kingdom partly rebounded
in May 2020 with an increase of 12 per cent compared with
the record fall experienced in April, but sales were still
down by 13.1 per cent compared to February figures before
the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to
statistics released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).
Non-food stores provided the largest positive contribution
to the monthly growth in May 2020, aided by a strong
increase of 42 per cent in household goods stores, with the
opening of hardware, paints and glass stores reflected in
The proportion spent online soared to the highest proportion
on record in May 2020 at 33.4 per cent, which compares with
the 30.8 per cent reported in April 2020.
In the three months to May 2020, the volume of retail sales
decreased by a record 12.8 per cent, with declines across
all stores except food and non-store retailing.