ONS hits problems again, delaying its retail index data

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) continues to be hit by further IT problems, causing it to obstruct the publication of United kingdom retail sales data scheduled later on this month.

The general public data body accepted inside a statement it’d experienced “a delay in processing survey data” from the monthly barometer of Britain’s shopping habits.

The index have been because of be printed on Sept 14. 

An ONS spokesman stated your body have been hit by “computer problems” which were specific towards the retail data set, adding there is “no need to suspect every other data is going to be affected”.

But it’s the most recent in a raft of problems hitting the ONS. Howard Archer, chief economic consultant towards the EY Item Club, commented: “It isn’t the very first time the ONS has already established issues with the retail sales data.

“Given there are concerns within the precision of some ONS data – hinted at by Bank of England governor Mark Carney previously – that is certainly something they might did without.”

The ONS stated it might announce a brand new publication date “as soon because these intricacies are resolved”.

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