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UK retail sales bounced back strongly in January

Recovery from December’s disappointment raises hope that UK recession could be both shallow and brief.

16 February 2024

After December’s 3.3% collapse in UK retail sales, today’s number for January went against all expectations. Retail sales rose 3.4%, the biggest monthly rise since April 2021, despite the country being underwater, both literally and figuratively after a battering by three separate winter storms.

It should be noted that this data can be extremely volatile and swings as wildly as a Tory by-election majority. But if this trend persists and more insightful economic data continues to come in better than forecast, the economic slowdown is expected to be a shallow and short-lived affair. That is not necessarily good news for early rate cut hopes.

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Charles Hepworth

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