Retail sales, on a seasonally-adjusted basis, decreased marginally by 0.2% in Jul 2014 compared to Jun 2014. Excluding motor vehicles, retail sales declined 1.3%. Seasonally-adjusted sales of food & beverage services decreased 0.7% in Jul 2014 compared to Jun 2014.
Business receipts of the services industries, excluding wholesale & retail trade and accommodation & food services, remained at a similar level in 2Q2014 over the previous quarter (non-seasonally adjusted).
Domestic wholesale trade (seasonally adjusted) decreased 2.2% in 2Q2014 over 1Q2014. Excluding petroleum, domestic wholesale trade contracted by 1.6%. Foreign wholesale trade (seasonally adjusted) increased 2.3% in 2Q2014 over 1Q2014. Excluding petroleum, foreign wholesale trade grew by 2.4%.