Retail turnover down

In November 2008, retail turnover was 1.4 percent down on the same month one year previously. Prices rose by 2.6 percent. The volume of sales decreased by nearly 4 percent.

The shopping-day pattern had a negative effect on retail turnover. November 2008 had a Saturday and a Sunday more and a Thursday and a Friday less than November 2007. After correction for this effect, turnover increased by 1 percent compared to the same month in 2007.

Turnover in the non-food sector declined by 2.5 percent compared with November 2007. Turnover decreased in every segment of the sector. Chemist shops and DIY shops faced the highest turnover loss. Prices of non-food items rose by 1 percent.

Turnover in the food sector in November 2008 was approximately equal to the same month in 2007. Prices rose by more than 5 percent.

The figures published in this update have been adjusted relative to the November retail figures released on 15 January 2009. The revision is based on new and more detailed information.

Retail turnover

Retail turnover