The volume of retail sales (i.e. excluding price effects) decreased by 3.6% in August 2011 when compared with August 2010 and there was a monthly decrease of 0.4%.
Electrical Goods (+2.1%) was the only category that showed year-on-year increases in the volume of retail sales this month. Books, Newspapers and Stationery (-13.3%), Pharmaceuticals Medical & Cosmetic Articles (-10.4%) and Furniture & Lighting (-9.5%) were amongst the categories that showed year-on-year decreases in the volume of retail sales this month.
The value of retail sales decreased by 3.1% in August 2011 when compared with August 2010 and there was a month-on-month change of -0.8%. If Motor Trades are excluded, there was an annual decrease of 2.8% in the value of retail sales and a monthly decrease of 0.9%.