Singapore retail takings up 6.5% in November on strong car sales

SINGAPORE - Stronger car sales gave overall retail takings a fillip in November last year, though other segments of the retail market did less well.

Retailers saw takings rise 6.5 per cent in November last year over the same month in 2013 on the back of a significant increase in motor vehicle sales.

Excluding car sales, retail sales fell 0.4 per cent.

Sales of wearing apparel and footwear, furniture and household equipment, and recreational goods were among the segments that took a hit.

Still, there were some bright spots - sellers of watches and jewellery, medical goods and toiletries, and food and beverages saw takings go up between 1.9 and 3.9 per cent over the previous year.

chiaym@sph.com.sg