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Retail sales in July 2021 down 5.1% from the previous month


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09/01/2021

According to the preliminary results of the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), retailers in Germany had calendar and seasonally adjusted real (price-adjusted) sales 5.1% less in July 2021 than in June 2021. Due to significantly higher prices, the nominal (not price-adjusted) decline was only 4 , 5%. When comparing the previous month, it should be noted that June 2021 was a month with high sales (calendar and seasonally adjusted real + 4.5% compared to May 2021) due to the then still falling corona incidence nationwide and the lifting of the “Federal Emergency Brake”.

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Compared to February 2020, the month before the crisis, retail sales in July 2021 were, calendar and seasonally adjusted, 3.8% higher in real terms. Compared to July 2020, sales in July 2021 fell by 0.3% in real terms and rose by 1.7% in nominal terms.

The retail sales of food, beverages and tobacco products in July 2021, calendar and seasonally adjusted, posted sales of 2.4% less in real terms than in June 2021 and were 2.5% below the pre-crisis level of February 2020. Sales in supermarkets, hypermarkets and hypermarkets fell by 1.3% compared to the previous month and was 2.3% below the pre-crisis level. The specialty retail trade with groceries (for example with fruit and vegetables, meat, baked goods or beverages) realized 3.2% and 2.7% less respectively in the corresponding comparison.

The non-grocery retail trade also saw a decline in sales in July 2021. Here, real sales in July 2021, calendar and seasonally adjusted, were 7.1% lower than in the previous month, but they were 6.1% above the pre-crisis level of February 2020.

The trade in textiles, clothing, shoes and leather goods recorded a drop in sales of 10.5% compared to June 2021 and, after a strong increase in the previous month, is back below the pre-crisis level (-5.8%). In the retail trade with goods of various kinds (for example department stores and department stores) sales fell by 9.4% compared to the previous month, they remained 1.5% below the pre-crisis level. Sales in home furnishings, household appliances and building supplies trade were 2.8% lower than in June 2021 and 6.5% higher than in February 2020.

The internet and mail order business recorded a real, calendar and seasonally adjusted sales decline of 11.9% compared to the previous month. Nevertheless, at 20.7%, sales in this industry are still well above the level of February 2020.

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