Turnover in the Swiss retail sector rose by 1.5% in nominal terms in December 2017 compared with the previous year.
Seasonally adjusted, nominal turnover fell by 0.8% compared with the previous month, according to provisional findings from the Federal Statistical Office (FSO).
Real turnover in the retail sector also adjusted for sales days and holidays rose by 0.6% in December 2017 compared with the previous year.
Compared with the previous month, real, seasonally adjusted retail trade turnover registered a decline of 0.7%.
Adjusted for sales days and holidays, the retail sector excluding service stations showed a 1.4% increase in nominal turnover in December 2017 compared with December 2016 (in real terms +0.7%).
Retail sales of food, drinks and tobacco registered an increase in nominal turnover of 3.5% (in real terms +3.0%), whereas the non-food sector registered a nominal decline of 0.5% (in real terms -0.4%).
Excluding service stations, the retail sector showed a seasonally adjusted decline in nominal turnover of 1.0% compared with the previous month (in real terms -0.9%). Retail sales of food, drinks and tobacco registered a nominal decline of 1.6% (in real terms -1.6%). The non-food sector showed a decline of 0.7% (in real terms -1.6%).