Retail sales volume down 0.1 pct in January

Retail sales volume fell 0.1 pct in January this year, compared with the same month in 2016 with the general index (turnover in fixed prices) falling 17.3 pct from December 2016, Hellenic Statistical Authority said on Friday.

The statistics service, in a report, said the majority of store categories recorded declines in sales volume, led by food, beverage and tobacco. Food/beverage/tobacco sales fell 11.7 pct in January, followed by sales by department stores (-8.1 pct), furniture/while appliances (-7.9 pct), fuel/lubricants (-5.4 pct), pharmaceuticals/cosmetics (-2.8 pct). On the other hand, sales rose in clothing/footwear (5.7 pct), bookstore (5.6 pct) and supermarkets (2.3 pct).

The seasonally-adjusted retail sales volume index rose 0.1 pct in January from December 2016.
The retail sales turnover index (turnover in current prices) grew 1.4 pct in January compared with the same month in 2016, but dropped 18.7 pct from December 2016. The seasonally-adjusted retail sales turnove rindex grew 0.7 pct in January from December 2016.