In October, retail turnover was over 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 10.5 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 nearly 3 percent compared with October 2007. Chemist shops had the highest turnover growth. In the non-food sector prices rose by nearly 1 percent.