German retail sales drop by 2.2 percent in August
Analysts had expected annualised sales to decrease by 1.4 percent, and the figures backed up a survey published Tuesday by the Ifo research institute that showed business sentiment among retailers falling sharply.
Almost all categories showed significant drops over the year, and the losses hit both small and large retail outlets.
Among non-food products, only sales of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics edged higher, while new clothes sat on the shelves owing to the country's rainy summer.
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