Greek retail sales volume index down 2.2 pct in Aug

Greek retail sales volume fell 2.2 pct in August, compared with the same month last year, after an 11.3 pct increase recorded in August 2014, Hellenic Statistical Authority said on Monday.

The statistics service, in a monthly report, attributed this development to increases in clothing/footwear (20.9 pct), bookstores (11.9 pct) and department stores (1.2 pct), while sales fell in furniture-electrical appliances (10.6 pct), food/beverage/tobacco (5.1 pct), fuel/lubricants 93.4 pct), supermarkets (3.0 pct) and pharmaceutical/cosmetics (1.7 pct).

The turnover retail sales index (current prices) fell 4.0 pct in August from the same month last year, but rose 8.4 pct compared with July 2015.

The seasonally-adjusted retail sales volume index fell 2.7 pct in August, yr/yr, while the turnover index dropped 4.6 pct over the same period.

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