Marginal growth retail turnover

Retail turnover was 1.5 percent higher in March 2011 than in March 2010. The growth is entirely caused by price rises; prices were 2 percent up on twelve months previously. The volume of sales was nearly 1 percent down.

The shopping-day pattern was more favourable in March 2011 than in March 2010. After a rough correction for this effect, the value of retail turnover hardly changed.

Shops in the sector food, drinks and tobacco generated over 3 percent higher turnover, entirely due to higher supermarket sales. For specialised shops in the food sector, sales were below the level of twelve months previously.

Shops in the non-food sector were 1 percent down, but the various branches within the non-food sector showed a mixed picture. DIY shops, mail-order firms and online shops generated growth, whereas home furnishing shops, clothes shops, textile supermarkets and consumer electronics shops grappled with declining sales.

Petrol stations generated 8 percent more turnover than one year previously. The turnover increase was caused by higher motor fuel prices.

These figures have been updated relative to the March retail figures released on 13 May 2011. The revision is based on more recent and more detailed information.

Retail turnover

Retail turnover

More figures can be found in dossier Business cycle.