Stats SA reports that South African retail trade sales increased by 1.3% year-on-year in March 2022. 

The largest positive annual growth rates were recorded for: retailers in pharmaceuticals and medical goods, cosmetics and toiletries (6.2%); retailers in household furniture, appliances and equipment (5.5%); and all ‘other’ retailers (3.5%). 

The largest positive contributor to this increase was general dealers (contributing 0.9 of a percentage point). 

Seasonally adjusted retail trade sales decreased by 0.3% in March 2022 compared with February 2022. This followed month-on-month changes of -2.0% in February 2022 and 2.3% in January 2022. 

In the first quarter of 2022, seasonally adjusted retail trade sales increased by 1.9% compared with the fourth quarter of 2021. 

Retail trade sales increased by 2.5% in the first quarter of 2022 compared with the first quarter of 2021. 

The largest positive contributors to this increase were retailers in textiles, clothing, footwear and leather goods (7.2% and contributing 1.2 percentage points); and food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores (14.8% and contributing 1.0 percentage point).