Among the main business groups, the volume of non-store retail trade increased the most, climbing 9.2 per cent from 1995 to 1996. Other retail sales of new merchandise went up 5.7 per cent. This main business group includes clothing, shoes, electrical goods, furniture, hardware, paint and building materials. The volume of retail trade in non-specialized stores and retail sales of pharmaceutical and medical goods, cosmetics and toiletries went up respectively 1.8 and 1.4 per cent in the same period.
Retail trade excluding motor vehicles and gasoline went up 3.1 per cent in volume and 4.0 per cent in value in 1996 compared to 1995. The price index for retail trade rose 0.8 per cent in the same period.
Clothing and textiles
The volume index for textiles and clothing climbed respectively 7.1 and 6.6 per cent in 1996 compared to 1995. Of the business subgroups, only retail trade in general posted higher volume growth. The increase was 10 per cent. The volume of books, paper, newspapers, and magazines sold dropped two per cent from 1995 to 1996.
Weekly Bulletin Weekly Bulletin issue no. 7, 1997