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Retail Sales Volume increased by 12.6% in July 2016

The volume of retail sales (i.e. excluding price effects) increased by 12.6% in July 2016 when compared with June 2016 and there was an increase of 6.3% in the annual figure. If Motor Trades are excluded, there was a decrease of 0.5% in the volume of retail sales in July 2016 when compared with June 2016 and there was an increase of 2.7% in the annual figure.

The sectors with the largest month on month volume increases were Motor Trades (+12.5%), Furniture & Lighting, (+5.3%) and Books, Newspapers and Stationery (+2.0%). The sectors with the largest monthly decreases were Clothing, Footwear & Textiles (-2.5%), Other Retail Sales (-2.4%) and Food, Beverages & Tobacco (-0.9%).

There was an increase of 4.5% in the value of retail sales in July 2016 when compared with June 2016 and there was an annual increase of 3.9% when compared with July 2015. If Motor Trades are excluded, there was a decrease of 0.5% in the value of retail sales and an annual increase of 0.8%.

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