Retail turnover was over 1 percent up in December 2011 from December 2010. Prices of retail commodities were 2.5 percent higher. As a result, retail volume shrank by more than 1 percent.
Retail turnover is affected by the shopping-day pattern. The effect on December’s turnover can not be measured.
Shops in the non-food sector achieved 1 percent more turnover. Clothes shops and household appliances shops generated substantially more turnover, whereas textile supermarkets and consumer electronics shops faced substantial turnover losses.
Food, drinks and tobacco shops recorded a marginal turnover growth relative to one year previously. Supermarket sales grew, but sales generated by specialist shops declined.
Petrol stations achieved a turnover growth by nearly 6 percent. Petrol prices were also nearly 6 percent higher. Apart from traditional shops and petrol stations, the retail sector also includes mail-order firms and online shops. Their turnover was 1 percent higher.
More figures can be found in dossier Business cycle.