Over the past three months, turnover in retail trade declined by 0.8% (adjusted for seasonal and working-day variations). Food sales were down 1.5%, and industrial goods sales lost 0.2%. At 4.8%, book sales suffered the biggest losses, followed by footwear, stationary and DIY sales, which were down 2.4%, 1.8% and 1.8% respectively. Conversely, the optical equipment and pharmaceutical sectors saw gains. New car sales were stable.
Distance selling remained the strongest-performing distribution channel, with total turnover rising by 1.3%, while sales of large food-focused retailers fell 1.3% for supermarkets and by 0.9% hypermarkets.
In October, turnover in retail trade inched down by 0.2%, with the 0.8% decline in industrial goods sales more than offsetting the 0.4% rise in food sales.
Against this backdrop, turnover fell in both distance selling and in department stores.
Total industrial goods and food sales: Q/Q-1 change
The past three months compared with the previous three; seasonally and working-day adjusted volume terms
- Sectors are classified according to the relative weight of the products included in the total aggregate of retail trade (see methodology)
- 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, November 15, 2018