Macroeconomic Data

Retail Economics offers subscribers easy access to view, download and analyse a range of retail data sources. The Macroeconomics data page identifies and presents crucial economic indicators which underpin our retail insight, analysis and help form an opinion of the underlying macroeconomic trends which impact the retail sector in Great Britain. Subscribers can quickly assess the important economic trends as they develop, ensuring that they are abreast of underlying factors affecting UK retail businesses.

Click on the Download icon to download a CSV file containing up to ten years' worth of data which can be manipulated easily. We can also work with subscribers to provide them with bespoke excel charting options with the indicators that most suit their business needs.

Non-subscribers can view and select data up to December 2014. Subscribers can view and select the latest available data, going back up to ten years.


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UK Economic Indicator (ONS)

% change Q2 2016 Q3 2016 Q4 2016 Q1 2017 Source Download
GDP (% change Q-o-Q) 0.6 0.5 Padlock Padlock ONS Excel download
GDP (% change Y-o-Y) 1.7 2.0 Padlock Padlock ONS Excel download
Agriculture (% change Q-o-Q) -1.4 0.0 Padlock Padlock ONS Excel download
Construction (% change Q-o-Q) -0.3 -1.2 Padlock Padlock ONS Excel download
Production (% change Q-o-Q) 2.5 -2.6 Padlock Padlock ONS Excel download
Services (% change Q-o-Q) 0.7 0.9 Padlock Padlock ONS Excel download

Labour Market (ONS)

% change year-on-year Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Source Download
Unemployment Rate (%) 4.7 4.7 4.6 4.6 Padlock Padlock ONS Excel download
Youth Unemployment Rate (%) 12.3 12.5 12.5 12.5 Padlock Padlock ONS Excel download
Employment Rate (%) 74.6 74.6 74.8 74.8 Padlock Padlock ONS Excel download
Employment (000's) 31,846.0 31,835.0 31,947.0 31,954.0 Padlock Padlock ONS Excel download
Unemployment (000's) 1,580.0 1,559.0 1,541.0 1,530.0 Padlock Padlock ONS Excel download
Average Earnings Growth 2.4 2.0 1.7 1.7 Padlock Padlock ONS Excel download
Claimant Count (000s) 787.4 746.0 739.9 773.4 Padlock Padlock ONS Excel download
Inactivity Rate (%) 21.6 21.6 21.5 21.5 Padlock Padlock ONS Excel download
Unemployed - 16-17 (000s) 117.0 127.0 138.0 135.0 Padlock Padlock ONS Excel download
Unemployed - 18-24 (000s) 437.0 430.0 425.0 429.0 Padlock Padlock ONS Excel download
Unemployed - 25-49 (000s) 718.0 699.0 689.0 673.0 Padlock Padlock ONS Excel download
Unemployed - 50 plus (000s) 309.0 302.0 289.0 294.0 Padlock Padlock ONS Excel download
Total hours worked weekly 1,028.4 1,030.6 1,029.7 1,029.2 Padlock Padlock ONS Excel download
Average hours worked Full Time 37.7 37.7 37.5 37.5 Padlock Padlock ONS Excel download
Average hours worked Part Time 16.3 16.4 16.3 16.2 Padlock Padlock ONS Excel download

% change year-on-year Q2 2016 Q3 2016 Q4 2016 Q1 2017 Source Download
Productivity Whole Economy 101.9 102.2 Padlock Padlock ONS Excel download
Productivity Per Worker 101.7 102.0 Padlock Padlock ONS Excel download
Unit Labour Cost Per Worker 102.3 103.0 Padlock Padlock ONS Excel download

Assets (Bank of England)

% change year-on-year Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Source Download
UK mortgage approvals (y/y) -4.0 -4.3 -5.5 -5.6 Padlock Padlock Bank of England Excel download
UK mortgage approvals (m/m) 1.9 30.0 -13.7 -24.6 Padlock Padlock Bank of England Excel download
UK mortgage approvals (000s) 67.2 68.6 67.8 66.2 Padlock Padlock Bank of England Excel download

Credit (ONS)

% change year-on-year Q2 2016 Q3 2016 Q4 2016 Q1 2017 Source Download
Household savings ratio (%) 5.9 5.3 Padlock Padlock ONS Excel download
Total debt to income ratio 140.20 142.93 Padlock Padlock ONS Excel download

% change year-on-year Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Source Download
Secured Lending 2.9 3.0 3.1 3.0 Padlock Padlock ONS Excel download
Net Unsecured Borrowing 10.6 10.5 10.5 10.2 Padlock Padlock ONS Excel download

Source: Where ONS/Bank of England is noted as a source, this is licensed under the Open Government Licence v.3.0.