The retail trade index measures the monthly evolution of the turnover at current prices of businesses which are engaged in retail trade. With effect from January 2018, the indices are calculated with reference to the base year 2015, using the Ateco 2007 classification (Italian edition of Nace Rev. 2).
The underlying pattern in the retail trade in August 2018, as suggested by the three-month on three-month measure remains one of growth for the fourth consecutive month, increasing by 0.5% in value terms and by 0.3% in volume terms.
Month on month both value and volume of retail trade rose by 0.7% in August 2018.
Compared with August 2017, both value and volume were estimated to have increased respectively by 2.2% and 1.4%.
The retail trade index for large scale distribution was up 2.4% while small scale distribution was up 1.3% when compared with the same period a year earlier. Online sales continued to grow year-on-year at 8.6%.