Retail turnover data have been adjusted for changes in the shopping-day pattern. Retail sales tend to vary from one day to the next. If the shopping-day pattern is not taken into account, retail turnover in July was over 2 percent higher than in the same month last year.
|month||change (year-on-year % change)|
|*excluding petrol stations and pharmacies|
Turnover non-food sector increased by over 1 percent
Turnover in the non-food sector increased by 1.1 percent in July. The volume of sales (adjusted for price changes) was 0.4 percent up year-on-year.
Shops selling personal care products recorded the highest growth in July. Turnover generated by shops selling clothes and shops selling DIY products, kitchens and flooring also grew.
However, turnover of shops selling recreational goods, shops selling footwear and leather products, shops selling consumer electronics and white goods and shops selling furniture recorded turnover losses in July year-on-year.
Over 5 percent higher turnover for food sector
Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco achieved 5.1 percent turnover growth in July. The volume of sales rose by 4.7 percent. Supermarkets saw 6 percent turnover growth, while specialist shops recorded turnover losses of 0.9 percent.
|June 2018 (year-on-year % change)||July 2018 (year-on-year % change)|
|DIY shops, kitchens, floors||0.9||0.7|
|Footwear and leather goods||-2.0||-1.5|
|Consumer electronics and white goods||-2.4||-3.0|
|Furniture, home furnishings||1.4||-3.6|
|* excluding petrol stations and pharmacies|
Online shops realise almost 22 percent turnover growth
In July, online shops saw their turnover go up by almost 22 percent year-on-year. Web shops recorded a turnover increase of over 13 percent; their core activity is selling goods and services over the Internet. Multi-channel retailers (retailers selling goods and services over the Internet as a side activity) achieved 37.5 percent higher turnover in online sales.
The figures presented in this news release are provisional and can be adjusted.