In October, retail turnover was 5 percent up on the same month last year, but the shopping-day pattern was more favourable than in October 2007. After correction for the shopping-day effect, turnover increased by approximately 2 percent. Prices rose by 2.6 percent. As a result, the volume of sales after correction for shopping days decreased by about 0.5 percent compared with the same month one year ago.
Shops in the food sector generated nearly 11 percent more turnover, with supermarkets fully accounting for the increase. Prices rose by just over 5 percent.
Turnover in the non-food sector rose by 2.5 percent compared with October 2007. Chemist shops and household appliances shops had the highest turnover growth. In the non-food sector prices rose by nearly 1 percent.