Switzerland Retail August 2018


Switzerland: Retail sales rebound in August

October 1, 2018

On a month-on-month calendar- and seasonally-adjusted basis, real retail sales rebounded to a 0.3% increase in August, swinging from the downwardly revised 1.4 contraction in July (previously reported: -1.0% month-on-month). According to the press release provided by the Swiss Federal Statistics Office, the recovery came on the back of higher sales of food, drinks and tobacco, whereas sales of non-food products declined.

Calendar-adjusted real retail sales increased 0.4% from the same month a year prior in August, contrasting the revised 0.9% drop recorded in July (previously reported: -0.3% year-on-year). Meanwhile, the annual average variation in retail sales rose to 0.2% in August, following a flat print in July.

Panelists polled by FocusEconomics expect private consumption to increase 1.3% in 2018, which is unchanged from last month’s forecasts. In 2019, the panel expects private consumption growth of 1.4%, which is also unchanged from last month’s forecast.


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Switzerland Retail August 2018

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

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