Retail turnover data were adjusted for changes in the shopping-day pattern in September. Retail sales tend to vary from one day to the next. If the shopping-day pattern is not taken into account, retail turnover in September 2019 was 2.8 percent higher than in the same month last year.
|month||Change (year-on-year % change)|
|*excluding petrol stations and pharmacies|
Turnover growth non-food sector over 4 percent up
In September, turnover in the non-food sector was up by 4.4 percent year-on-year. The volume of sales (adjusted for price changes) increased by 2.9 percent.
The highest turnover growth was achieved by shops selling furniture and household articles and by shops selling DIY products, kitchens and flooring. Turnover growth for clothes shops, shops selling footwear and leather products and shops selling personal care products was slightly smaller. Turnover was also up for shops selling consumer electronics and white goods and shops selling recreational goods.
Turnover food sector over 1 percent up
Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco achieved 1.1 percent more turnover than in September 2018. The volume of sales decreased by 0.4 percent. Turnover of supermarkets grew by 1.5 percent, while specialist shops saw their turnover decline by 2.0 percent.
|Category||September 2019 (year-on-year % change)||August 2019 (year-on-year % change)|
|Furniture and household articles||7.7||8.4|
|DIY products, kitchens, flooring||7.2||10|
|Shoes and leather products||4.2||-5.9|
|Personal care products||2.8||0.2|
|* excluding petrol stations and pharmacies|
Online shops realise almost 22 percent turnover growth
In September, online shops saw their turnover go up by 21.8 percent year-on-year. Web shops recorded a turnover increase of 17.1 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 29.1 percent higher turnover in online sales.