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Retail turnover 5 percent higher in July

Nov 07, 2023

Retail turnover data have been adjusted for the shopping-day pattern in July. Retail sales tend to vary from one day to the next. If the shopping-day pattern is not taken into account, retail turnover in July 2023 was 3.7 percent higher than in the same month last year.

In July, turnover in the non-food sector grew by 3.0 percent year on year. The volume of sales (turnover adjusted for price changes) decreased by 3.2 percent compared to the same month last year.

Shops selling personal care products, shops selling recreational goods, shops selling furniture and home furnishings and those selling consumer electronics and white goods saw year-on-year turnover growth in July. On the other hand, clothes shops, shops selling footwear and leather products, and those selling DIY products, including kitchens and flooring, recorded a decrease in July.

Shops selling food, beverages and tobacco achieved 6.8 percent higher turnover in July than in the same month last year. The volume of sales, however, was 3.5 percent lower. Turnover at supermarkets and specialist shops was up by 7.2 and 3.9 percent, respectively.

In July, online turnover was up by 2.5 percent year on year. Web shops recorded a turnover increase of 3.4 percent; their core activity is selling goods and services over the internet. Multi-channel retailers (retailers selling goods and services over the internet as a side activity) achieved 1.4 percent higher turnover in online sales.

Online turnover of food and personal care products and other non-food products was higher in July 2023 than in July 2022. Online turnover of clothing and fashion items and of consumer electronics was lower.