Retail sales rise 3.2% in May

Shoppers outside Lucky Plaza, Orchard Road. -- ST FILE PHOTO: NURIA LING
Shoppers outside Lucky Plaza, Orchard Road. -- ST FILE PHOTO: NURIA LING

Retailers in Singapore enjoyed a 3.2 per cent rise in takings in May over the same month a year ago, with most categories of retail sales showing an improvement.

Apart from petrol service stations and sellers of furniture and household equipment, all other retailers logged higher sales, according to the latest retail sales index released by the Statistics Department on Monday.

In particular, consumers spent more on telecommunications apparatus and computers, watches and jewellery, and supermarket products.

Retail sales also increased 2.1 per cent in May compared with April, the Statistics Department said.

This was largely driven by a jump in sales of telecommunications apparatus and computers, motor vehicles, and department store goods.

Excluding motor vehicles, retail sales would have climbed 3.1 per cent in May over a year ago and 0.9 per cent in May over April.