The overall volume of retail sales decreased 6.0 percent during the month of June, after adjusting for the rate of inflation, measured at 0.7 percent.

According to figures in the June 2019 Retail Sales Index published by the Department of Statistics, imports via courier decreased $0.3 million to $11.1 million. 

Imports by households via sea decreased $0.7 million to $0.8 million. In contrast, declarations by returning residents via the airport rose $0.3 million to $4.5 million while imports via the post office remained unchanged at $0.5 million.

Minister for the Cabinet Office, Wayne Furbert, JP, MP, released the latest Retail Sales Index on Tuesday.

Highlights of the June 2019 year-over-year changes for each of the seven local retail sectors:

  • Service stations’ sales volume increased 0.5%
  • Apparel stores’ sales volume declined 16.8%
  • Liquor stores’ sales volume decreased 13.5%
  • Building material stores’ sales volume declined 12.3%
  • Motor vehicle stores’ sales volume declined 7.8%
  • All other store types’ sales volume decreased 7.8%
  • Food stores’ sales volume decreased 2.8%

The June 2019 Retail Sales Index publication is available online at https://www.gov.bm/retail-sales-index-rsi.