Monthly survey on retail trade 2023Oct

Sales contracted slightly in October
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 October, the volume of manufactured goods sales fell by 0.9% compared with September (after +0.9%). This slight contraction in sales particularly affected the bicycles and motorcycles sector (-10.4% after +5.5%), the automotive equipment sector (-5.9% after +0.3%), the footwear sector (-5.8% after +6.9%) and the watch and jewellery sector (-4.6% after +2.5%). Conversely, sales rose in the new car (2.5% after 5.6%), pharmaceutical (2.3% after -1.9%) and book (1.3% after -0.6%) sectors.
Food sales were also down slightly, by 0.6% month-on-month, after rising by 1.8% in September.
All distribution channels recorded a decline in sales in October, particularly supermarkets (-3.8%) and department stores (-3.5%).


Three-month-on-three-month,overall sales volumes decreased for manufactured goods by 2.1%, but increased for food products by 2.9%.

Total manufactured goods and food sales
Month-on-month change (%) - Seasonally and working-day adjusted volumes
Notes :
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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