In September, retail turnover was nearly 2 percent up on the same month last year. The shopping-day pattern was slightly less favourable than in September 2007, though. After correction for this, turnover increased by nearly 2 percent. The price rise was 2.6 percent. As a result, the volume of sales, corrected for differences in the shopping-day pattern, decreased by about 1 percent compared with the same month one year ago.
Shops in the food sector generated over 4 percent more turnover, supermarkets fully accounting for the increase. Prices rose by just over 5 percent.
Turnover in the non-food sector fell by 0.5 percent compared with September 2007. Drugstores, household appliances shops, textile supermarkets and D-I-Y-stores had a higher turnover than twelve months previously. The increase was not substantial enough to compensate for losses suffered by clothes shops, stores selling consumer electronics and furniture shops, though. In the non-food sector prices rose by nearly 1 percent.