Switzerland Retail May 2021


Switzerland: Retail sales growth ebbs in May

July 1, 2021

Retail sales grew 2.8% year-on-year in calendar-adjusted terms in May (April: +37.7% c.a. yoy). The notable deterioration largely reflected drops in food, beverages, and tobacco and household equipment sales.

On a monthly basis, retail sales dropped 1.8% in seasonally-adjusted terms in May, a softer decrease than April’s 2.9% fall. Meanwhile, annual average retail sales growth fell to 6.6% in May (April: +7.0%). This signals a worsening trend in the retail trade sector. The loss of momentum in retail was likely due to consumers shifting spending towards services as Covid-19 restrictions were lifted, rather than a sign of weak private consumption.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect private consumption to rise 2.8% in 2021, which is down 0.5 percentage points from last month’s forecast, and to grow 3.2% in 2022.

Author:, Economist

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Switzerland Retail May 2021

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

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