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Retail Sales Index

November 2018 (Provisional) October 2018 (Final)

Seasonally Adjusted Retail Sales Index - All Businesses
 (Base Year 2015 = 100)
     Volume IndexValue Index
November 2018119.1111.9
October 2018119.3111.9
November 2017115.0109.0
Monthly % change-0.10.0
Annual % change3.62.7

Retail Sales volume decreased by 0.1% in November 2018

Figure 1 Retail Sales Index - Seasonally Adjusted Volume
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Seasonally adjusted there was a decrease of 0.1% in the volume of retail sales in the month of November, with an annual increase of 3.6%. See Table 1. If Motor Trades are excluded, there was an increase of 0.2% in the volume of retail sales in November 2018 when compared with October 2018 and there was an increase of 1.9% in the annual figure. See Table 2.

The sectors with the largest monthly volume increases were Electrical Goods (+6.8%) and Bars (+4.1%). The sectors with the largest month on month volume decreases were Pharmaceuticals, Medical & Cosmetic Articles (-7.5%) and Food, Beverages & Tobacco (-5.6%). See Table 3.

There was no change in the value of retail sales in November 2018 when compared with October 2018 and there was an annual increase of 2.7% when compared with November 2017. If Motor Trades are excluded there was also no change in the value of retail sales in the month and an increase of 0.4% in the annual figure.

Unadjusted indices are available on CSO Statbank.