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Swiss Retail Sales, January: Minus 2 percent Nominal and Minus 1.4 percent Real

The Used Goods Question

Retail sales in several countries like Germany, Japan and Switzerland continue to fall or they remain steady for years.

In the United States they have strongly risen recently. We should remind readers, that used goods sold via Ebay or similar, are not contained in this statistics. Still they create economic value for the purchases. By mentality, Swiss, Germans or Japanese pay more attention so that used goods do not lose their value so quickly. Hence used goods have higher economic value in these countries than in others.


From the press release:

Neuchâtel, 02.03.2017 (FSO) – Turnover in the retail sector fell by 2.0% in nominal terms in January 2017 compared with the previous year. Seasonally adjusted, nominal turnover rose by 0.6% compared with the previous month. These are provisional findings from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).


Real turnover in the retail sector also adjusted for sales days and holidays fell by 1.4% in January 2017 compared with the previous year. Real growth takes inflation into consideration. Compared with the previous month, real, seasonally adjusted retail trade turnover registered an increase of 0.6%.

Retail sector excluding service stations

Adjusted for sales days and holidays, the retail sector excluding service stations showed a 2.5% decrease in nominal turnover in January 2017 compared with January 2016 (in real terms -1.8%). Retail sales of food, drinks and tobacco registered an increase in nominal turnover of 0.2% (in real terms -0.5%), whereas the non-food sector registered a nominal negative of 4.7% (in real terms -2.8%).

Excluding service stations, the retail sector showed a seasonally adjusted increase in nominal turnover of 0.7% compared with the previous month (in real terms +0.9%). Retail sales of food, drinks and tobacco registered an increase in real turnover of 6.8% (in nominal terms +6.7%). The non-food sector registered positive growth of 0.4% (in nominal terms -0.2%).



Download press release: Retail trade turnover, January 2017


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George Dorgan
George Dorgan (penname) predicted the end of the EUR/CHF peg at the CFA Society and at many occasions on and on this blog. Several Swiss and international financial advisors support the site. These firms aim to deliver independent advice from the often misleading mainstream of banks and asset managers. George is FinTech entrepreneur, financial author and alternative economist. He speak seven languages fluently.
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