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Retail Sales Index

August 2019 (Provisional) July 2019 (Final)

Seasonally Adjusted Retail Sales Index - All Businesses
 (Base Year 2015 = 100)
     Volume IndexValue Index
August 2018116.0109.1
July 2019112.0104.0
August 2019118.4110.0
Monthly % change5.75.8
Annual % change2.10.9

Retail Sales volume increased by 5.7% in August 2019

Figure 1 Retail Sales Index - Seasonally Adjusted Volume
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The volume of retail sales increased 5.7% in August when compared to July on a seasonally adjusted basis and increased by 2.1% on an annual basis  See Table 1. When Motor Trades are excluded, the volume of retail sales increased by 1.1% in August 2019 and rose by 4.4% when compared with August 2018. See Table 2.


The sectors with the largest month on month volume increases were Motor Trades (12.0%) and Bars (10.6%). See Table 3. The sectors with the largest monthly volume decreases were Fuel (-4.4%) and Pharmaceuticals, Medical & Cosmetic Articles (-3.3%). See Table 3.




There was an increase of 5.8% in the value of retail sales in August 2019 when compared with July 2019 and there was an annual increase of 0.9% when compared with August 2018. If Motor Trades are excluded, there was an increase of 1.1% in the value of retail sales in the month and an increase of 2.2% in the annual figure.

Unadjusted indices are available on CSO Statbank.