Retail sales in South Africa 0.9 percent year-on-year in December of 2016 compared to a downwardly revised 3.1 percent gain in the previous month. Sales rose for food, beverages and tobacco (7 percent from 3.9 percent), textiles, clothing and footwear (10.9 percent from 1.6 percent) and hardware, paint and glass (4.1 percent from 2.5 percent). In contrast, sales went down for general dealers (-3.8 percent from +3.5 percent in November), household furniture, appliances and equipment (-6.2 percent from +0.6 percent) and other retailers (-3.7 percent from +4.4 percent). On a monthly basis, retail sales fell 2.3 percent compared to a downwardly revised 3 percent rise in the previous month. In the three months to December retail sales increased 1.3 percent. Considering full 2016, sales rose 1.9 percent. Retail Sales YoY in South Africa averaged 4.75 percent from 2003 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 15.50 percent in September of 2006 and a record low of -6.20 percent in April of 2009.
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In South Africa, the year-over-year change in Retail sales compares the aggregated sales of retail goods and services during a certain month to the same month a year ago. This page provides – South Africa Retail Sales YoY – actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. South Africa Retail Sales YoY – actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases – was last updated on February of 2017.