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January sales dip for the first time since 2013

Headline findings: Household spending falls by -1.2% on the year, the first January drop since 2013 Sharp decline in High Street spend (-4.0%), and slower growth in E-commerce (+1.5%) Transport & Communication suffers from quickest drop (-6.5%), while Hotels, Restaurants & Bars reports further rise (+3.7%)

No festive cheer for retailers as December rounds off the worst year for consumer spending since 2012

Headline findings: - December household expenditure falls by -1%, following the -0.9% drop in November - 2017 marks the first annual decline in consumer spending in five years, down -0.3% compared to 2016 - Spending at Food & Drink retailers edges up for first time in three months (+0.4%)

Black Friday failed to lift consumer spending in November

Headline findings: - Household expenditure falls by -0.9% on the year after -2.1% drop in October - Face-to-Face spend continues to decline (-3.5%), as Black Friday spend moved further online, up +2.4% - Majority of sectors record lower expenditure, with Transport & Communication being the worst hit (-6.0%) - Miscellaneous Goods & Services remains a bright spot, up +4.9%

Cold chill to blast UK high street this Christmas as spending set to be down on 2016 levels

- Household expenditure set to fall -0.1% on the year during crucial Christmas shopping period - Declining real wages and tepid economic growth to weigh on spend - Fall in spend at end of 2017 rounds off challenging year - E-commerce to take record share of Christmas spending in 2017 - Christmas ‘getaways’, ‘big-ticket’ items and clothing all set to record lower sales

Christmas spending expected to fall for first time in half a decade

​Consumers plan to make the most of Black Friday promotions, but spend over the whole festive season is predicted to be lower than last year E-commerce set to take record share of Christmas spending, while the high street likely to face a challenging festive period

October spending declines at fastest rate in four years, driven by poor performance on the high street

Headline findings: - Overall spending falls at quickest rate since September 2013 (-2.0% year on year) - The high street suffers from the second-steepest drop since April 2012 (-5.0%) - Clothing & Footwear sees record decline in spend (-9.0%) - Hotels, Restaurants & Bars show resilience, reporting growth of +3.2%

Decline in consumer spending during September points to continued weakness in UK economy

- Household expenditure declines -0.3% on the year, the fourth month in the last five to see a decline - Recreation & Culture (-1.3%) suffers biggest decline since July 2013 - High street continues to suffer as face-to-face spending declines -3.2% - Lower spending across Transport & Communication (-6.4%) and Household Goods (-2.6%)

Decline in consumer spending during September points to continued weakness in UK economy

- Household expenditure declines -0.3% on the year, the fourth month in the last five to see a decline - Recreation & Culture (-1.3%) suffers biggest decline since July 2013 - High street continues to suffer as face-to-face spending declines -3.2% - Lower spending across Transport & Communication (-6.4%) and Household Goods (-2.6%)

UK Consumer spending on course for weakest year since 2013 despite modest August uptick

- Consumer spending rises for first time since April (+0.3% year-on-year) - Growth driven by higher E-commerce expenditure (+6.5% on the year), as Face-to-Face continues to decline (-2.6%) - With average growth of 0.2% each month this year, consumer spending is on track for its weakest calendar year of growth since 2013

UK Consumer spending on course for weakest year since 2013 despite modest August uptick

Headline Findings: • Consumer spending rises for first time since April (+0.3% year-on-year) • Growth driven by higher E-commerce expenditure (+6.5% on the year), as Face-to-Face continues to decline (-2.6%) • With average growth of 0.2% each month this year, consumer spending is on track for its weakest calendar year of growth since 2013