HC Deb 08 February 1967 vol 740 cc1622-3
1. Mr. J. H. Osborn

asked the President of the Board of Trade what was the value and volume of retail sales during November and December, including Christmas, 1966, and during January, including the January sales, 1967, respectively; and how these figures compare with those for November and December. 1965, and January. 1966.

Mr. Darling

As the Answer contains a number of figures, I will, with permission, circulate them in the OFFICIAL REPORT. Figures for January, 1967, are not yet available.

Mr. Osborn

Can the Government state whether these figures amount to an improvement or a decline on previous years? Would the Minister of State like to comment on them?

Mr. Darling

Compared with November and December, 1965, the same two months in 1966 were in value slightly up. The trend for this year shows that retail trade was rising in the early part

Value (current prices) Volume (1961 prices)
Index (1961=100) Change on year earlier Index (1961=100) Change on year earlier
Per cent. Per cent.
November, 1966 132 +2 115 -1
December, 1966 163 +3 141 No change
Periods covered are:—
November, 1965 4 weeks 31st October-27th November
December, 1965 5 weeks 28th November-1st January
November, 1966 4 weeks 30th October-26th November
December, 1966 5 weeks 27th November-31st December