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 October was 5.2 percent higher than in the same month last year.
|*excluding petrol stations and pharmacies|
Turnover non-food sector increased by 2 percent
Turnover in the non-food sector increased by 2 percent in October. The volume of sales (adjusted for price changes) was 1.3 percent up year-on-year.
Shops selling recreational goods, shops selling DIY products, kitchens and flooring, clothes shops and shops selling consumer electronics and white goods recorded turnover growth in October.
Turnover generated by shops selling personal care products and shops selling furniture was about the same as in October 2017. However, turnover of shops selling footwear and leather products recorded turnover losses in October year-on-year.
Almost 3 percent higher turnover for food sector
Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco achieved 2.7 percent turnover growth in October. The volume of sales rose by 1.7 percent. Supermarkets saw 2.9 percent turnover growth and specialist shops 1.3 percent.
|September 2018||October 2018|
|DIY shops, kitchens, floors||2.9||3.5|
|Consumer electronics, white goods||-4.9||0.7|
|Furniture, home furnishings||1||-0.1|
|Footwear and leather goods||-10.4||-0.8|
|* excluding petrol stations and pharmacies|
Online shops realise over 14 percent turnover growth
In October, online shops saw their turnover go up by over 14 percent year-on-year. Web shops recorded a turnover increase of almost 7 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 28 percent higher turnover in online sales.