Retail turnover data were adjusted for changes in the shopping-day pattern in October. 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 2019 was 5.0 percent higher than in the same month last year.
|*excluding petrol stations and pharmacies|
Turnover growth non-food sector over 4 percent up
In October, turnover in the non-food sector was up by 4.1 percent year-on-year. The volume of sales (adjusted for price changes) increased by 3.1 percent.
The highest turnover growth was achieved by shops selling furniture and household articles, shops selling DIY products, kitchens and flooring and shops selling consumer electronics and white goods. Turnover growth for shops selling personal care products was slightly smaller. Turnover was also up for clothes shops and shops selling footwear and leather products. However, turnover was down for shops selling recreational goods.
Turnover food sector almost 2 percent up
Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco achieved 1.9 percent more turnover than in October 2018. The volume of sales remained more or less the same. Turnover of supermarkets grew by 2.3 percent, while specialist shops saw their turnover decline by 0.3 percent.
|September 2019||October 2019|
|Furniture and household articles||7.1||8|
|DIY products, kitchens, flooring||7.3||5.8|
|Personal care products||2.8||2.5|
|Shoes and leather products||4.2||0.4|
|* excluding petrol stations and pharmacies|
Online shops realise almost 12 percent turnover growth
In October, online shops saw their turnover go up by 11.7 percent year-on-year. Web shops recorded a turnover increase of 7.4 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 18.2 percent higher turnover in online sales.