Retail Sales Index

The quarterly NI Retail Sales Index provides the latest seasonally adjusted estimates for the NI retail sector.

Latest Results (Quarter 4 2021) - Published 16 March 2022

Headline results

  • Retail output in NI saw a decrease of 1.1% over the quarter (October - December) and a decrease of 2.9% over the year.
  • GB RSI output experienced a decrease of 0.6% over the quarter and 0.5% over the year.
  • NI retail output remains 4.4% below the pre-Coronavirus pandemic level seen in Quarter 4 2019, while GB retail output is now 3.0% above the Quarter 4 2019 level.
  • When the most recent four quarters are compared to the previous four quarters the NI retail sector decreased by 3.1% while the GB retail sector increased by 4.7%.
  • NI retail output is 6.8% below the series high seen in Quarter 4 2018.
  • NI services output is 2.9% higher than the lowest point (Quarter 1 2021) since the series began.

Current publication and tables

Retail Sales Index Quarter 4 2021 statistical bulletin and data tables

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