Swiss retail trade turnover rises in August 2021

Turnover adjusted for sales days and holidays rose in the retail sector by 0.2 % in nominal terms in August 2021 compared with the previous year. Seasonally adjusted, nominal turnover rose by 1.4 % compared with the previous month. These are provisional findings from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).

Real turnover.  adjusted for sales days and holidays, rose in the retail sector by 0.5 % in August 2021 compared with the previous year. Real growth takes inflation into consideration. Compared with the previous month, real, seasonally adjusted retail trade turnover registered an increase of 1.1 %.

Retail sector excluding service stations

Adjusted for sales days and holidays, the retail sector excluding service stations showed a 0.4 % decrease in nominal turnover in August 2021 compared with August 2020 (in real terms +0.1%). Retail sales of food, drinks and tobacco registered a decline in nominal turnover of 2.9 % (in real terms –2.2 %), whereas the non-food sector registered a nominal plus of 2.1% (in real terms +2.4 %).

Excluding service stations, the retail sector showed a seasonally adjusted increase in nominal turnover of 1.2 % compared with the previous month (in real terms +1.1 %). Retail sales of food, drinks and tobacco registered a plus of 0.9 % (in real terms +0.3 %). The non-food sector showed a plus of 1.8 % (in real terms +2.0 %).

Pandemic and statistical results

The COVID-19 pandemic is currently affecting all of society and the economy. To measure this impact the Federal Statistical Office (FSO) must continue in these difficult circumstances to provide the public, but in particular the media and decision makers, with reliable data.

The results published in this press release are based on the data currently available. They may need to be corrected or revised.

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