Singapore retail sales almost back on track

Real Singapore retail sales rose in October month-on-month – but slipped year-on-year.


According to official Statistics Singapore data released Thursday, seasonally adjusted retail sales rose 1.5 per cent (excluding motor vehicles) on September’s figures. But while the headline figure showed a 2.2 per cent increase on October 2015, after removing motor vehicles, the real result was a drop of 0.3 per cent.

Month-on-month, the performing categories were watches & jewellery, medical goods & toiletries, by department stores, food & beverages, apparel, footwear, supermarkets and recreational goods which increased between 0.3 per cent and 7.1 per cent. But sales of furniture & household equipment, and through mini-marts & convenience stores, optical goods and books decreased between 0.1 per cent and 4.6 per cent.

Compared to October 2015, retail sales of recreational goods, watches & jewellery, food & beverages, by department stores, supermarkets and medical goods & toiletries rose between 0.3 per cent and 5.6 per cent.

In contrast, retail sales of computer & telecommunications equipment, apparel & footwear, furniture & household equipment and optical goods & books decreased between 1.8 per cent and 8.1 per cent..

Food & beverage sales

fb-octoberIn the food and beverage sector, (for consumption outside home), sales of fast food outlets, restaurants and other eating places, such as cafes, decreased by between 3.5 per cent and 5.6 per cent in October 2016 over September. Turnover of food caterers, other eating places and fast food outlets increased between 2.6 per cent and 5.8 per cent year-on-year, while restaurant sales declined 4.9 per cent.


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