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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Latest Release

The All Sections Index of Retail Sales increased by 24.3% from 217.1 in the 2nd quarter 2021 to 269.9 in the 3rd quarter 2021. This increase was largely attributable to increases observed in Motor Vehicles and Parts of 153.0% , Household Appliances, Furniture and other Furnishings of 129.2% and Construction Materials and Hardware 44.2%.
When a year on year analysis is undertaken, the All Sections Index in the 3rd quarter 2021 decreased by 13.0% from 310.2 in 3rd quarter 2020, owing mainly to decreases in Household Appliances, Furniture and other Furnishings of 63.5% and Dry Goods Stores of 14.0%.
The volume of retail sales in the 3rd quarter 2021 also increased by 23.0%.

(March 25, 2022)

Retail Sales Tables

Retail Sales Index (All Sections)
Base: 2000=100

269.9

2021 Q3


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