Stats SA reports that South African retail trade sales increased by 3.4% year-on-year in April 2022. 

The largest positive annual growth rates were recorded for: retailers in household furniture, appliances and equipment (6.8%); retailers in textiles, clothing, footwear and leather goods (6.4%); and general dealers (5.4%). 

The largest positive contributors to this increase were: general dealers (contributing 2.2 percentage points); and retailers in textiles, clothing, footwear and leather goods (contributing 1.1 percentage points). Seasonally adjusted retail trade sales decreased by 0.2% in April 2022 compared with March 2022. 

This followed month-on-month changes of 0.8% in March 2022 and -1.3% in February 2022. 

In the three months ended April 2022, seasonally adjusted retail trade sales increased by 1.1% compared with the previous three months. Retail trade sales increased by 1.4% in the three months ended April 2022 compared with the three months ended April 2021. 

The largest positive contributors to this increase were: general dealers (1.8% and contributing 0.8 of a percentage point); and retailers in textiles, clothing, footwear and leather goods (3.6% and contributing 0.6 of a percentage point).