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Retail Sales Volume increased by 11.9% in July 2017

Seasonally adjusted, the volume of retail sales increased by 11.9% in the month of July, with an annual increase of 2.1%. If Motor Trades are excluded, there was a decrease of 0.2% in the volume of retail sales in July 2017 when compared with June 2017 and there was an increase of 7.0% in the annual figure.

The sectors with the largest monthly volume increases were Motor Trades (7.0%), Clothing, Footwear & Textiles (3.2%) and Bars (2.6%).  The sectors with the largest month on month volume decreases were  Non-Specialised Stores (-2.2%), Books, Newspapers and Stationery (-1.7%) and Furniture and Lighting (-1.0%).

There was an increase of 8.9% in the value of retail sales in July 2017 when compared with June 2017 and there was an annual decrease of 0.3% when compared with July 2016. If Motor Trades are excluded there was a decrease of 0.4% and an increase of 3.3% in the annual figure.

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