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Retail Trade - July 2011

Drop of sales for food also at current prices

Product Code: r-9101-11



In July, sales in retail trade including automotive segment after seasonal and working day adjustment remained unchanged at constant prices, month-on-month. Only working days adjusted sales increased by 0.1%, year-on-year. Y-o-y decrease of non-adjusted sales by 1.7% was influenced mainly by sale in retail trade and partially also by a lower number of working days.

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After seasonal and working day adjustment sales in retail trade including sale and repair of motor vehicles stagnated at constant prices in July, m-o-m; only working days adjusted increased by 0.1%, year-on-year. Non-adjusted sales dropped in comparison to the corresponding period of 2010 by 1.7%, partially due to a lower number of working days (-1). The biggest influence on the y-o-y decrease came from retail sale in non-specialised stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating and retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores. On the contrary, growth in wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles had an opposite effect (see Table 2).

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Seasonally adjusted sales in sale and repair of motor vehicles (CZ-NACE 45) increased by 0.8% at constant prices, m-o-m; in the year-on-year comparison, adjusted for working days increased by 4.9%. Non-adjusted sales increased by 1.7%, y-o-y, in which for sale of motor vehicles and motorcycles (including spare parts) by 1.9% and for maintenance and repair of motor vehicles by 0.8%.

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In retail sale including sale of automotive fuel (CZ-NACE 47) seasonally adjusted sales at constant prices decreased by 0.4%, m-o-m; working days adjusted dropped by 1.9%, y-o-y. Non-adjusted sales in retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles decreased by 3.1%, y-o-y, in which for food (retail sale in non-specialised stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating and retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores) by 6.2%, automotive fuel in specialised stores by 3.3%, and for non-food goods by 0.4%.

The biggest influence on the total decrease came from the lower sale of food: retail sale in non-specialised stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating dropped by 6.4% and retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores by 3.0%. For the first time since the beginning of the year, food sales dropped also at current prices (-1.7%). Drop of sale of automotive fuel continued, sales decreased also for sale of dispensing chemist, medical and orthopaedic goods, cosmetic and toilet articles in specialised stores (-2.6%) and for sale of other household equipment in specialised stores (-0.1%). On the contrary, sales for clothing and footwear increased by 7.7%, retail sale of cultural and recreation goods in specialised stores by 3.7% and retail sale of information and communication equipment in specialised stores by 2.8%. Growth of sales via mail order houses or via Internet continued (+8.5%), however, the growth rate slowed down compared to the preceding months of 2011.

The price deflator related to the corresponding period of the previous year was 102.2% and it was influenced mainly by higher prices of automotive fuel and food. This development was reflected in the total price growth in retail sale in non-specialised stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating and retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores (+4.8%). The deepest price falls were in retail sale of information and communication equipment in specialised stores (-10.7%), clothing and footwear (-2.8%), and other household equipment in specialised stores (-2.0%).

International comparison of retail sales development in the EU Member States is available at:
( http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page/portal/eurostat/home).





Methodological note:

Responsible head: Marie Boušková, phone (+420) 274052935, e-mail: marie.bouskova@csu.gov.cz
Contact person: Marcela Mašátová, phone (+420) 274052681, e-mail: marcela.masatova@csu.gov.cz
Method of data acquisition: direct surveys of the CZSO (SP1-12)
End of data collection: 25 August 2011
End of data processing: 30 August 2011
Data for April to June 2011 have been revised in harmony with the CZSO revision policy; data for July 2011 are preliminary; final data for all months of 2011 will be available in June 2012 at the latest.
Related publications: Base and y-o-y indices from 2000 and 2001 are available in time series
( /sales_indices_monthly_retail_trade_hotels_and_restaurants_time_series ).
The next News Release will be published on 6 October 2011.



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