Retail sales in 2022: The new normal emerges

11 February 2022

Looking back, 2021 retail sales volume growth of 5% augurs well for sustaining real private consumption growth of about 5% this year, despite high inflation eating into disposable incomes

The pandemic shift to online in H1 2021, which boosted the share of online to over 30% of retail (excluding fuels), has degraded under hybrid work-from-home (WFH), which should anchor the share of online at about 25% in 2022

In a marked shift from the last ‘old normal’ of 2019, Black Friday’s extension throughout November sucked in December spend: advertisers will need to adjust their strategies to reflect the earlier seasonality of sales

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