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Retail Sales volume increased by 4.3% in September 2019

The volume of retail sales increased 4.3% in September when compared to August on a seasonally adjusted basis and increased by 4.2% on an annual basis. When Motor Trades are excluded, the volume of retail sales increased by 2.3% in September 2019 and rose by 4.7% when compared with September 2018.

The sectors with the largest month on month volume increases were Hardware, Paints & Glass (8.8%) and Motor Trades (8.4%)The sectors with the largest monthly volume decreases were Department Stores (-2.2%) and Clothing, Footwear & Textiles (-2.2%).

There was an increase of 3.8% in the value of retail sales in September 2019 when compared with August 2019 and there was an annual increase of 2.8% when compared with September 2018. If Motor Trades are excluded, there was an increase of 2.0% in the value of retail sales in the month and an increase of 2.1% in the annual figure.

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