German retail sales increased slightly in May, even as high
inflation continued to weigh on consumers, data showed on Thursday,
Trend reports with reference to Reuters .
Retail sales rose by 0.6% in real terms compared to the previous
month, the Federal Statistical Office reported.
Analysts had predicted a 0.5% increase in a Reuters poll.
Despite the overall rise, food retail sales fell in May on the
previous month by 0.6% amid significantly higher prices for
groceries, the office said.
That was nonetheless a recovery after grocery retailers saw a
sales decline of 7.7% in April, the biggest month-on-month drop
since the time series began in 1994.
In May, the non-food retail sector recorded real sales growth of
2.9% compared with April, according to the data.
Sales in textiles, clothing, footwear and leather goods were
particularly strong, growing by 10.6% month on month and 59.8% year
Preliminary data released on Wednesday showed inflation
unexpectedly cooling off in June in Europe's largest economy,
falling to 8.2% compared with 8.7% in May.
'The inflation scare continues to chill consumers' bones,' said
Alexander Krueger, chief economist at private bank Hauck Aufhaeuser
'At present, it is not apparent where a turnaround in sentiment
will come from,' Krueger commented.
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