Retail turnover remains stable

Retail turnover in September 2012 was approximately the same as in September 2011. Retail prices were nearly 2 percent higher. The volume of retail sales was down by 2 percent.

Turnover generated by food, drinks and tobacco shops remained stable compared with September 2011. Turnover in the non-food sector also remained stable. The various branches in the non-food sector show a mixed picture, though. Home furnishing shops and shops selling household articles faced considerable turnover losses. Shops selling consumer electronics, clothes shops and textile supermarkets, on the other hand, achieved a substantial turnover growth.

Mail-order companies and internet retailers realised a turnover growth of more than 5 percent. Petrol stations generated slightly less turnover than in September 2011.

Retail turnover is affected by the shopping-day pattern. September 2012 had a Thursday and Friday less and a Saturday and Sunday more than September 2011, which made the shopping-day pattern more unfavourable. After adjustment for this shopping day effect, retail turnover was up by nearly 3 percent on one year previously. As a result, the volume of retail sales grew by 1 percent, the first increase in 2012.

The figures in this article were updated based on retail figures released on 14 November 2012. The revision is based on more recent and more detailed information.

Retail turnover

Retail turnover

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