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Retail trade

The retail trade index measures the monthly evolution of the turnover at current prices of enterprises with retail sale outlets. With effect from January 2013 the indices are calculated with reference to the base year 2010 using the Ateco 2007 classification (Italian edition of Nace Rev. 2).

In April 2017 the value of retail trade decreased by 0.1% compared with March 2017 (+0.4% for food goods and -0.4% for non-food goods) and increased by 1.2 compared with April 2016 (+4.1% for food goods and -0.7% for non-food goods). Abstracting from the short-term variability, the underlying pattern in the data, as suggested by the 3 months on 3 months movement, increased by 0.5%.

The volume of retail trade in April 2017 is estimated to have increased by 0.3% compared with April 2016 while the seasonally adjusted volume index shows there was no growth when compared to the previous month.
Total sales for large scale distribution through April 2017 were up to 4.3% from the same period a year earlier, while the index for small scale distribution decreased by 1.7%.

department stores, discount store, distribution, food, hypermarkets, retail trade, statistics flash, supermarkets
document typology:
Press release
Reference period
April 2017
Date of publication
7 June 2017
Next release
7 July 2017
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