Retail sales marginally lower

Retail sales were nearly 1 percent lower in July 2011 than in July 2010. Retail prices were nearly 3 percent higher. Retail volume shrank by over 3 percent relative to one year previously.

Retail turnover is affected by the shopping-day pattern. With a Thursday less and a Sunday more, the shopping-day pattern was less favourable in July 2011 than in July 2010. The negative effect on turnover is estimated at approximately nearly 3 percent.

The sector food, drinks and tobacco faced a turnover loss of nearly 3 percent. Sales generated by shops specialised in food, drinks and tobacco were more than 6 percent lower than twelve months previously, whereas supermarket sales declined by 2 percent. Turnover in the non-food sector was nearly 1 percent down. There were considerable differences within the non-food sector. DIY shops, chemist’s shops and household appliances shops suffered between 4 and 5 percent turnover loss, but clothes shops achieved 4 percent turnover growth. Home furnishing shops and consumer electronics shops also generated more turnover than in July 2010.

Petrol stations achieved almost 5 percent turnover growth relative to July 2010. Apart from traditional shops and petrol stations, mail-order firms and online shops are also included in the retail sector. Mail-order and online sales were nearly 7 percent up on one year previously.

The figures in this article have been updated relative to retail figures released on 15 September 2011. The revision is based on more recent and more detailed information.

Retail turnover

Retail turnover

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