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Retail Trade - July 2013

Retail sales growth also thanks to higher number of working days

Product Code: r-9101-13

In July, sales in retail trade including the automotive segment after seasonal adjustment increased by 0.7% at constant prices, month-on-month. Working days adjusted sales reached the same growth, y-o-y. Non-adjusted sales increased by 4.0%, y-o-y.

Seasonally adjusted sales in retail trade including sale and repair of motor vehicles increased in July at constant prices by 0.7%, month-on-month, the same as working days adjusted sales, year-on-year. Non-adjusted sales increased by 4.0%, y-o-y. The results were influenced by a higher number of working days in July 2013 (+2) compared to July 2012. The automotive segment contributed more to the y-o-y sales growth (+3.0 p.p.) than the retail trade alone (+1.0 p.p.), see Table 2.

Seasonally adjusted sales for sale and repair of motor vehicles (CZ-NACE 45) increased by 0.3% at constant prices, m-o-m. Year-on-year, working days adjusted sales increased by 4.4%. Year-on-year, non-adjusted sales increased by 10.7%; for sale of motor vehicles (including spare parts) they increased by 11.1% and for repairs they grew by 9.0%.

In retail trade including sale of automotive fuel (CZ-NACE 47) seasonally adjusted sales at constant prices increased by 0.7%, m-o-m; working days adjusted sales decreased by 0.7%, y-o-y. Non-adjusted sales increased by 1.4%, y-o-y; for non-food goods and food they increased (+3.1% and +1.4%, respectively), while for the automotive fuel sales dropped by 4.1%.

The growth of sales in retail trade was influenced the most by growth of retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet (+25.8%) and by food sale in non-specialized stores (+1.8%). In specialized stores, sales increased for sale of information and communication equipment in specialised stores (+9.0%), retail sale of cultural and recreation goods in specialised stores (+3.3%), sale of dispensing chemist, medical and orthopaedic goods, cosmetic and toilet articles in specialised stores (+3.1%), and retail sale of clothing and footwear in specialised stores (+0.9%). On the contrary, sales decreased for sale of food in specialized stores (-3.0%) and for retail sale of other household equipment in specialised stores (-0.5%).

The price deflator (CZ-NACE 47) related to the corresponding period of the previous year (VAT excluded) was 100.4%. The highest y-o-y growth of prices was recorded for food and dispensing chemist, medical and orthopaedic goods, cosmetic and toilet articles, and automotive fuel, while in most of non-food goods decreasing of prices continued, which was the most marked in the assortment of information and communication equipment.

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).

Data for April to June 2013 have been revised in accordance with the CZSO revision policy; data for July 2013 are preliminary; final data for all months of 2013 will be available in June 2014 at the latest.
Responsible head at the CZSO: Marie Boušková, phone number (+420) 274 052 935, e-mail: marie.bouskova@csu.gov.cz
Contact person: Marcela Mašátová, phone number (+420) 274 052 681, e-mail: marcela.masatova@csu.gov.cz
Method of data acquisition: direct survey of the CZSO (SP1-12)
End of data collection: 27 August 2013
End of data processing: 30 August 2013
Related outputs: Fixed-base and y-o-y indices since 2000 and 2001 are available in time series ( /sales_indices_monthly_retail_trade_hotels_and_restaurants_time_series )
Next News Release will be published on: 4 October 2013