Turnover in retail trade was stable
Over the past three months, turnover in retail trade was stable, posting a growth rate of 0.0% (adjusted for seasonal and working day variations). Sales of industrial goods (up 0.3%) were slightly more dynamic than food sales (up 0.1%). Sales in the books, footwear, DIY and textile and clothing sectors increased by 4.5%, 4.0%, 1.8% and 1.6% respectively. Conversely, sales in the jewellery and clocks, sports equipment, optics and consumer electronics sectors declined by 4.7%, 2.8%, 2.3% and 1.9% respectively.
Sales at small retail stores climbed by 0.6%, while those of large general retailers dropped by 0.6%. Department store sales and distance sales fell more sharply, receding by 3.7% and 1.8% respectively.
In February, turnover in retail trade rose by 0.3%. The 0.8% increase in sales of industrial goods outweighs the 0.4% decline in food sales.
By distribution channel, sales at small retail stores and distance sales were the most dynamic, up by 2.3% and 2.4% respectively.
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 Friday, March 15, 2019