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Retail Pulse

Retail Pulse

April 2021

Key Points

  • Retail Pulse up in April
  • A quarter of firms expect to increase basic pay over the next 12 months
  • 57% have ambitions to grow their business in the next 1 to 3 years

Retail Pulse

April 2021

Retail Pulse

April 2021

87.5

+17.2 on previous index reading

Retail Pulse

April 2021

Sales

Past 3 Months

Shape Created with Sketch. 25%
34%
41%

Balance -16%

(+17 on previous reading)

Retail Pulse

April 2021

Sales

Next 3 Months

Shape Created with Sketch. 50%
36%
14%

Balance +37%

(+13 on previous reading)

Retail Pulse

April 2021

Jobs

Past 3 Months

Shape Created with Sketch. 9%
83%
8%

Balance +1%

(+8 on previous reading)

Retail Pulse

April 2021

Jobs

Next 3 Months

Shape Created with Sketch. 16%
81%
3%

Balance +13%

(+9 on previous reading)

Retail Pulse

April 2021

Input Costs Excluding Labour

Past 3 Months

Shape Created with Sketch. 42%
49%
9%

Balance +33%

(+1 on previous reading)

Retail Pulse

April 2021

Selling Prices

Next 3 Months

Shape Created with Sketch. 37%
62%
1%

Balance +35%

(-5 on previous reading)

Retail Pulse

April 2021

Pay Intentions

Next 12 Months

Change Response
Shape Created with Sketch. Increase
> 4% 6%
2% to 4% 14%
< 2% 6%
Stay more or less the same
73%
Decrease
< 2% 1%
2% to 4% 0%
> 4% 1%

Retail Pulse

April 2021

Business Ambitions

Next 1 to 3 years

57% growth trajectory
43% less ambitious

21%Confident, actively pursuing opportunities

37%Prefer to stay same size

36%Plan to grow but remain cautious

6%Intend to scale down