Furthermore this trend has been continuing since March 2012; every month between March and June saw an increase in retail sales of between six and eight per cent, according to the report.
The total retail sales of goods of retail trade enterprises, to give the retail sector its full name, came to a value of 384.8 million Euros in June 2012, which represented about 80 per cent of the total revenues from sales of retail trade enterprises (484.9 million euros)* the report stated.
There was an apparent growth in all areas, but the sector with the biggest increase was pharmaceuticals and cosmetics (17 per cent) together with ‘non-specialized stores selling predominantly industrial goods’ (16 per cent) and ‘retail sales via mail order or the internet’ (15 per cent).
Retail sales in grocery stores grew six per cent y-o-y which was actually a lower figure than had been the case over the previous two months, but this was largely due to that sector starting from a higher reference base in June 2011 than some other sectors, the report stated.
The overall retail sales in retail trade enterprises month-on-month increase in June 2012 was three per cent at constant prices, and one per cent by seasonally and working-day adjusted data.
Over the six month period January-June 2012 the report said that retail sales in retail trade enterprises increased by nine per cent at constant prices compared y-o-y.
The original report is available here.
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*Revenues from sales increased by fourteen per cent at current prices y-o-y to June 2012, and by two per cent month-on-month, the report stated.