UK Retail Sales in March Up 3.2%

UK retail sales in March increased by 3.2% on a like-for-like basis in March, and on a total sales basis sales improved 4.7%, according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC)-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor. Last month’s growth was primarily driven by Easter falling in March this year, earlier than in 2014. Online sales of non-food products grew 12.3% year on year, just slightly lower than the 12.8% growth achieved in March 2014. The survey also showed that sales of tablets and TVs suffered in March, due to a lack of ‘affordable innovation’.

Tablet sales suffered in March across UK retail, but stores enjoyed an overall lift in sales according to new data from the British Retail Consortium and KPMG.

TVs also saw a decline in sales due to a lack of ‘affordable innovation’, however, small domestic appliances sold strongly throughout the month.