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 August was 4.5 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 2 percent
Turnover in the non-food sector increased by 2.1 percent in August. The volume of sales (adjusted for price changes) was 2.4 percent up year-on-year.
Clothes shops recorded the highest growth in August. Turnover generated by shops selling consumer electronics and white goods, shops selling personal care products, shops selling footwear and leather products, shops selling recreational goods and shops selling DIY products, kitchens and flooring also grew. Turnover generated by shops selling furniture was about the same as in August 2017.
Over 3 percent higher turnover for food sector
Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco achieved 3.1 percent turnover growth in August. The volume of sales rose by 2.1 percent. Supermarkets saw 4 percent turnover growth, while specialist shops recorded turnover losses of over 3 percent.
|July 2018 (year-on-year % change)||August 2018 (year-on-year % change)|
|Consumer electronics, white goods||-3.1||2.8|
|Footwear and leather goods||-1.1||2.2|
|DIY shops, kitchens, floors||0.7||0.2|
|Furniture, home furnishings||-3.6||-0.1|
|* excluding petrol stations and pharmacies|
Online shops realise almost 20 percent turnover growth
In August, online shops saw their turnover go up by almost 20 percent year-on-year. Web shops recorded a turnover increase of almost 14 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 almost 32 percent higher turnover in online sales.
The figures presented in this news release are provisional and can be adjusted.