May re­tail sales en­joy yearly rise

Kathimerini English - - Focus -

May proved to be the best month in the first five of 2015 in terms of re­tail sales vol­ume, and the sec­ond in turnover, ac­cord­ing to data re­leased yesterday by the Hel­lenic Sta­tis­ti­cal Au­thor­ity (ES­TAT).

The sea­son­ally ad­justed turnover in­dex showed a 2.2 per­cent in­crease in May from the same month in 2014, com­ing to 74.5 points. The sales vol­ume in­dex showed an even greater in­crease, at 3.9 per­cent year-on-year to reach 73.5 points, the high­est so far this year.

The sea­son­ally ad­justed in­dexes take into ac­count var­i­ous fac­tors such as hol­i­days, school open­ing or clos­ing etc.

The big­gest turnover growth in per­cent­age terms was in the books and sta­tionery sec­tor, amount­ing to 5.2 per­cent from May 2014, fol­lowed by the ap­parel sec­tor with a 3.9 per­cent an­nual in­crease and su­per­mar­kets with a 2.5 per­cent turnover rise. The 7.3 per­cent in­crease in ap­parel sales vol­ume showed that the 10-day spring sales per­formed bet­ter than last year.

Fuel sta­tions wit­nessed a shrink­ing in their turnover by 2.3 per­cent on a yearly ba­sis, which is not at­trib­uted to a drop in de­mand but to the de­cline in fuel prices, as the sales vol­ume in­dex ex­panded by 5.9 per­cent in May com­pared to a year ear­lier.

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