CBI Realized Sales

DEFINITION of 'CBI Realized Sales'

An accurate early indicator of monthly retail sales in the U.K. CBI realized sales was first introduced in 1983 by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and is based on the CBI's Distributive Trades Survey (DTS), which covers 20,000 outlets of firms responsible for a large component of the of retail sector.

BREAKING DOWN 'CBI Realized Sales'

The CBI realized sales number is reported as a balance figure, and is based on the difference in the percentage of U.K. retailers reporting an increase in retail sales and those reporting a decrease. An increasing positive balance figure indicates strong retail sales and by extension, a robust economy.

The DTS Survey asks U.K. retailers specific questions about how their sales and orders for the current month and expectations for the next month compare with a year earlier. The results are grouped into different retail categories, ranging from grocers to recreational goods.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Confederation Of British Industry ...

    The premier lobbying organization for U.K. businesses on national ...
  2. Retail Sales

    An aggregated measure of the sales of retail goods over a stated ...
  3. National Retail Federation - NRF

    A retail trade association with members from all phases of retail ...
  4. Same-Store Sales

    A statistic used in retail industry analysis that compares the ...
  5. Core Retail Sales

    U.S. aggregate retail sales excluding automobile and gasoline ...
  6. Chain Store Sales

    An indicator that provides information on the monthly sales volumes ...
Related Articles
  1. Markets

    What is the Retail Sales Report?

    The retail sales report is a measurement of the goods that retailers sell based on a sampling of different stores.
  2. Markets

    Consumer Spending As A Market Indicator

    What people buy and where they shop can provide valuable information about the economy.
  3. Markets

    U.K. Retail Sales Fall in February

    According to data released by the Office of National Statistics on Thursday, retail sales in the United Kingdom declined in February on low, weather related clothing demand.
  4. Markets

    UK Retail Sales Surge Higher, Shrugging off Brexit Uncertainty

    The Office for National Statistics reported on Thursday that the U.K.’s retail sales show sharp growth in April, dismissing the apprehensions of the upcoming referendum on European Union Membership.
  5. Personal Finance

    The Top Ten Economic Indicators In The UK

    We list below ten key economic indicators for the United Kingdom, the world’s 6th-largest economy.
  6. Investing

    Playing The Decline of Traditional Retailers (XRT, RTH)

    Play the decline of traditional retailers with a strategy that lowers built-in exposure to online sales.
  7. Investing

    The 4 R's Of Investing In Retail

    In retail, successfully managing return on investment (ROI) and other financial indicators is the key to a healthy business.
  8. ETFs & Mutual Funds

    Jumping On Retail With ETFs

    Retail ETFs offer limited trading and investment choices, with two primary funds and a single illiquid leveraged fund.
  9. Markets

    Consumers: The Only Thing to Fear Is Fear Itself

    U.S. retail sales rose 0.2% in January, the Commerce Department announced Friday, better than consensus expectations of 0.1%. Growth in December, initially reported as -0.1%, was revised up to ...
  10. Markets

    Brace for a Retail Stock Flop (TGT, M)

    Leading U.S. retailers are reporting large unsold inventories. These are early signs that the retail sector's woes are far from over.
RELATED FAQS
  1. What has the retail sector evolved to its current structure?

    Find out about the retail sector, the size of United States and global retail markets and why online retailers are changing ... Read Answer >>
  2. What countries represent the largest portion of the global retail sector?

    Learn about the five countries that dominate the global retail sector: Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, China and the ... Read Answer >>
  3. How does the long-term outlook of the retail sector compare to the broader economy?

    Find out why the retail sector is primed for strong growth moving forward, especially online retail, and learn why it outperforms ... Read Answer >>
  4. What portion of the global economy is represented by the retail sector?

    Learn the size of the global retail sector and how fast e-commerce is catching up; find out how close China is to overtaking ... Read Answer >>
  5. What are the primary risks an investor should consider when investing in the retail ...

    Learn about the primary risks of investing in the retail sector, such as bad economic conditions, regulation, competition ... Read Answer >>
  6. Why is the strategy of 'always be closing' (ABC) popular in retail sales?

    Understand how the term ''always be closing'' is related to retail sales. Learn about the benefits and drawbacks of selling ... Read Answer >>
Hot Definitions
  1. Sell-Off

    The rapid selling of securities, such as stocks, bonds and commodities. The increase in supply leads to a decline in the ...
  2. Brazil, Russia, India And China - BRIC

    An acronym for the economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China combined. It has been speculated that by 2050 these four ...
  3. Brexit

    The Brexit, an abbreviation of "British exit" that mirrors the term Grexit, refers to the possibility of Britain's withdrawal ...
  4. Underweight

    1. A situation where a portfolio does not hold a sufficient amount of a particular security when compared to the security's ...
  5. Russell 3000 Index

    A market capitalization weighted equity index maintained by the Russell Investment Group that seeks to be a benchmark of ...
  6. Enterprise Value (EV)

    A measure of a company's value, often used as an alternative to straightforward market capitalization. Enterprise value is ...
Trading Center