The Index of Retail Sales is a quarterly measure of the value of goods sold by retailers based on a sampling of retail stores of different types and sizes. It is an important indicator of movements in retail trade and is computed using the total receipts of a sample of retail establishments. It is therefore, essentially a value index. The series may be used, within limitations, to estimate the quarterly consumer expenditure and, when deflated by the Retail Price Index, can be a useful tool to monitor the volume of retail sales.

Coverage

GEOGRAPHIC COVERAGE

National coverage

UNIT OF ANALYSIS

business establishments

TYPE OF RETAILER
Dry Goods Stores
Supermarkets and Groceries
Construction and Hardware
Household Appliances, Etc.
Textiles and Wearing Apparel
Motor Vehicles and Parts
Petrol Filling Stations
Pharmaceuticals and Cosmetics
Books and Stationery
Jewellery
Miscellaneous

Data Collection

FREQUENCY OF DATA COLLECTION

Quarterly

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