|Seasonally Adjusted Retail Sales Index - All Businesses|
|(Base Year 2015 = 100)|
|Volume Index||Value Index|
|Monthly % change||5.7||5.8|
|Annual % change||2.1||0.9|
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.