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Retail Sales volume increased by 6.5% in July 2018

Seasonally adjusted, the volume of retail sales increased by 6.5% in the month of July, with an annual increase of 5.5%. If Motor Trades are excluded, there was a decrease of 0.5% in the volume of retail sales in July 2018 when compared with June 2018 and there was an increase of 2.9% in the annual figure.

The sectors with the largest monthly volume increases were Electrical Goods (+5.8%) and Books, Newspapers & Stationery (+4.4%).  The sectors with the largest month on month volume decreases were Other Retail Sales (-6.0%) and Hardware, Paints & Glass (-5.9%).

There was an increase of 1.6% in the value of retail sales in July 2018 when compared with June 2018 and there was an annual increase of 5.1% when compared with July 2017. If Motor Trades are excluded there was a decrease of 0.6% in the month and an increase of 2.6% in the annual figure.

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