July 2016 had a Saturday and a Sunday more and a Wednesday and a Thursday less than July 2015. Corrected for the shopping-day pattern, turnover growth was marginally higher in July.
Turnover growth for food sector
Food, drinks and tobacco shops generated a 1.0 percent year-on-year turnover growth in July. Sales were at approximately the same level as one year previously, consumer prices were more than 1 percent higher. Specialist shops realised 3.1 percent turnover growth, supermarkets 0.6 percent.
Non-food sector also generates turnover growth
In the non-food sector, year-on-year turnover growth was 0.8 percent in July. Sales improved marginally (0.3 percent), consumer prices rose by 0.6 percent.
Clothing shops boasted a turnover growth by nearly 8 percent. DIY shops also saw turnover grow, just as in the preceding months. In July, DIY shops achieved a turnover growth by more than 5 percent. Home furnishing shops and chemist shops more or less maintained the level of one year previously. In June, these branches reported a turnover growth by 9.5 and 4.5 percent respectively.
Consumer electronics shops recorded 4 percent loss of turnover.
Solid growth online shops
Online retail turnover soared by 16 percent year-on-year in July. Multi-channelers (retailers selling goods and services over the internet and in the traditional manner) realised a turnover growth by 13 percent. Retailers exclusively selling goods and services over the internet achieved a turnover growth by 19 percent relative to July 2015.