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Retail Trade - October 2012

Higher number of working days supported growth of sales of non-food goods

Product Code: r-9101-12

In October, sales in retail trade including automotive segment after seasonal adjustment decreased by 1.5% at constant prices, month-on-month, and working days adjusted by 3.0%, y-o-y. Non-adjusted sales increased by 2.2%, y-o-y, partially because there were 3 working days more in October 2012 than in October 2011.

After seasonal adjustment sales in retail trade including sale and repair of motor vehicles decreased by 1.5% at constant prices in October, m-o-m; working days adjusted sales decreased by 3.0%, year-on-year. Non-adjusted sales increased by 2.2%, y-o-y, which was influenced mainly by the number of working days, which was by 3 days higher in October 2012 compared to October 2011. Increased sales were recorded both in the automotive segment and retail trade (see Table 2).

Seasonally adjusted sales for sale and repair of motor vehicles (CZ-NACE 45) decreased by 2.9% at constant prices, m-o-m; in the year-on-year comparison, sales adjusted for working days decreased by 6.1%. Non-adjusted sales increased by 2.6%, y-o-y, for the repair of motor vehicles by 4.9% and for sale of motor vehicles (including spare parts) by 2.2%.

In retail sale including sale of automotive fuel (CZ-NACE 47) seasonally adjusted sales at constant prices decreased by 0.9%, m-o-m, and sales adjusted for working days by 1.5%, y-o-y. Non-adjusted sales increased by 2.0%, y-o-y, for non-food goods they increased by 5.2%, while for food and automotive fuel they decreased (-1.8% and -0.1%, respectively).

Year-on-year, retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet was increasing the fastest (+19.5%). In non-food assortment, sales increased in all the main groups except for household equipment (drop by 0.3%). Sales for information and communication equipment increased by 12.1%, cultural and recreation goods in specialised stores by 8.1%, clothing and footwear by 6.6%, dispensing chemist, medical and orthopaedic goods, cosmetic and toilet articles in specialised stores by 6.5%. Food sale continued to drop both in non-specialised and specialised stores (-1.9% and -0.1%, respectively).

The price deflator (CZ-NACE 47) related to the corresponding period of the previous year (VAT excluded) was 100.9% and it was influenced mainly by higher prices of automotive fuel and food. On the contrary, cutting of prices continued in retail sale of information and communication equipment in specialised stores.

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 July to September 2012 have been revised in harmony with the CZSO revision policy; data for October 2012 are preliminary; final data for all months of 2012 will be available in June 2013 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 November 2012
End of data processing: 30 November 2012
Related outputs: 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 )
Next News Release will be published on: 11 January 2013