Switzerland Retail December 2016


Switzerland: Retail sales collapse in December

February 2, 2017

In December, retail sales contracted a seasonally- and working-day adjusted 3.5% from the same month of the previous year, which was the steepest fall on record. December’s reading contrasted November’s 0.8% increase, which had been the first expansion in retail sales in 16 months.

On a monthly basis, retail sales adjusted for seasonal factors fell 2.4% in December, which contrasted the 0.9% expansion seen in November. The annual average variation in retail sales inched down from November’s minus 1.7% to minus 1.9% in December, confirming the bleak picture in the Swiss retail sector.

Panelists polled by FocusEconomics expect private consumption to expand 1.2% in 2017, which is unchanged from last month’s projection. For 2018, the panel expects private consumption to increase 1.4%.

Author: Marlène Rump, Senior Data Analyst

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Note: Year-on-year changes and annual average variation of retail sales in %.
Source: Swiss Federal Statistics Office (BFS).

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