Switzerland Retail August 2022


Switzerland: Retail sales expand at solid pace in August

September 30, 2022

Retail sales grew 3.0% year on year in calendar-adjusted terms in August (July: +3.0% c.a. yoy). Looking at the details of the release, food, beverages, and tobacco sales returned to growth in August, and household equipment sales declined at a softer, albeit still pronounced, rate. Meanwhile, culture and recreation goods sales growth slowed but remained elevated.

On a seasonally adjusted monthly basis, retail sales rose at a faster rate of 1.2% in August (July: +0.1% mom), the best result since August 2021. Meanwhile, the trend improved modestly, with the annual average growth of retail sales coming in at 1.4% in August, up from July's 1.2% reading.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect private consumption to rise 3.7% in 2022, which is up 0.2 percentage points from last month’s forecast, and to grow 1.3% in 2023.

Author:, Economist

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Switzerland Retail August 2022

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

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