Retail Sales Publication – January 2023

Today, the Ministry of Economy and Labour released the January 2023 Retail Sales Index.


January’s retail sales volume decreased 0.2 per cent compared to last year. In value terms, retail sales increased to an estimated $93.8 million.

Two of the seven sectors recorded volume decreases in January 2023.

The sales volume for Building Material Stores decreased 7.9 per cent. The sales volume for this sector was 22.2 per cent below the 2019 sales level.

The following sectors experienced increases in sales volume compared to the previous year.

The sales volume at Apparel Stores rose 13.6 per cent and was 15.7 per cent below the pre-pandemic sales of 2019.

The sales volume for Food Stores fell 10.8 per cent, while Liquor Stores’ sales volume rose 8.6 per cent. Compared to the pre-pandemic sales volume of 2019, Food Stores sales decreased 16.3 per cent, while sales at Liquor Stores were 6.7 per cent higher.

In the All Other Store Types sector (comprising stores selling household items, furniture, appliances, electronics, pharmaceuticals and tourist-related goods), sales volume increased 1.7 per cent. Sales for this sector registered 3.9 per cent above the pre-pandemic sales volume over the same period in 2019.

Service Stations’ sales volume increased 6.0 per cent from last year and was 6.3 per cent below the pre-pandemic sales in January 2019.

Compared to the previous year, Motor Vehicle Stores’ sales volume rose 5.1 per cent due to a higher inventory of vehicles available along with sales incentives. The sales level was 17.0 per cent below the sales volume in January 2019 before the pandemic.

Overseas declarations decreased 7.7 per cent compared to January 2022 and were 45.5 per cent higher than in the pre-pandemic period.

 The public can review the January 2023 Retail Sales Index report at

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