Retail sales volume down in July
Turkey’s calendar-adjusted retail sales volume with constant prices dropped by 3.7 percent year-onyear in July, according to official data released on September 16. Automotive fuel sales posted the highest annual decrease among main economic activities at five percent, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) said. While non-food sales fell by 4.5 percent, food, drinks and tobacco sales dropped one percent, TurkStat reported. Among non-food, the volume of textile, clothing and footwear sales rose by 14.6 percent and medical goods and cosmetic sales went up 2.6 percent in the same period. Sales by mail orders and internet saw an annual increase of 15.2 percent in July. Meanwhile, sales volume of electronic goods and furniture dropped by 20.8 percent while computers, books and telecommunications equipment’s sales volume decreased 7.5 percent. TurkStat also revealed that the calendar-adjusted retail turnover with current prices jumped 13.2 percent in July, on a yearly basis.