UK retail sales in November increased 4.6% by value, but were up only 0.7% by volume on last year’s figures.

According to the Office of National Statistics, predominantly non-food stores recorded a sales volume decline of 0.7%, but total non-store retail sales surged up 18.9%.

The average weekly spend on online retailing has increased to GBP787.9m, up from GBP546.4m in October, ONS added, now accounting for an estimated 12.2% of all retail sales.

Meanwhile, non-seasonally adjusted volume data suggests that smaller shops are increasing sales volumes, up 4.5% for the year, while they also recorded a 7.8% value rise.

But for larger stores, volumes were down 0.1% in the period, while value only increased by 3.6%.