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Biggest Ever Jump in Web, Non-Store Retail Sales for June

Non-store retailing jumped 24.4 per cent in June according to the Office for National Statistics. This is the biggest leap ever recorded. Compared to June 2010, the value of all retail sales increased by 4 per cent and the volume of sales went up 0.4 per cent. However food sales fell 4.2 per cent, the largest fall since the ONS started keeping stats in 1988. Fuel prices helped push non food retailing up by 0.9 per cent and sales up by 3.1 per cent. Non-store retailing is not just websites but also includes catalogues and market stalls, according to a spokesman for the ONS. He said that the increase could be due to people shopping around more because of economic fear - something that is easier on the web. He also suggested a move to more eco-friendly options and the increase in fuel prices may have played a role in pushing people online instead of onto the High Street. It seems that smaller retailers seem to have benefited more than big firms. About £32.1bn was spent in retail in June 2011, compared to £30.9bn in June 2010. The ONS numbers are here.

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