Retail sales increased over the past three months
In the past three months, turnover in retail trade rose by 0.4% (adjusted for seasonal and working-day variations; see chart). The rise was driven by a 0.9% growth in industrial goods sales, whereas food sales declined by 0.6%. Sales of new cars, automotive equipment, and jewellery and timepieces proved particularly strong, rising by 6.0%, 4.6% and 4.7% respectively. Conversely, sales of household appliances dropped by 3.4%, while press and stationery saw a decline of 2.2%.
In terms of distribution channels, small retailers and distance sellers proved dynamic, with sales growing respectively by 2.4% and 1.4%. In contrast, sales at large general retailers fell by 1.1%, with department stores in particular reporting a 4.3% drop.
In September, retail sales fell by 2.5% compared with August. Industrial goods sales declined by 2.0%, while food sales were down 4.3%
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 Tuesday, October 15, 2019