Manufactured goods sales declined in August
Note: The trend in retail sales does not reflect that of total household consumption: the latter includes other items such as health care, education and rents.
In August, the volume of manufactured goods sold fell by 2.3% compared with July (after -0.7% in July), with contrasting trends across sectors: sales in the optical (2.6%, after 0.0%) and pharmaceuticals (2.1%, after -0.5%) sectors rose slightly, whereas those in the furniture (-11.3%, after 14.1%), footwear (-8.3%, after -1.0%) and press and stationery (-5.6%, after -3.4%) sectors were down.
Food sales edged up by 0.3% this month, after declining by 1.9% in July.
As regards distribution methods, there was a more marked drop in department store sales (-2.6%) and supermarket sales (-1.7%).
Three-month-on-three-month, overall turnover in retail trade was down very slightly (-0.9%), in both manufactured goods (-1.0%) and food products (-0.9%).
Total manufactured goods and food sales
Month-on-month change (%) - Seasonally and working-day adjusted volumes
1) Sectors are classified according to the relative weight of the products included in the total aggregate of retail trade (weights are given on the right scale)
2) The aggregated and by sub-sector series are seasonally adjusted on an individual basis: the seasonally adjusted series do not represent the sum of the seasonally adjusted components.
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Monthly survey on retail trade
Published on Thursday, September 21, 2023