Singapore‘s retail sales index rose 1.6 percent in October this year compared to a year ago.
Total sales amounted to some S$2.5 billion thanks to higher sales, especially in fashion and footwear, supermarkets, food and beverages, and telecom and computer goods.
Sales for these goods increased by between 7 and 10 percent over the same period last year.
But receipts for recreational goods, and optical goods and books dropped by some 6 percent and 5 percent respectively.
Compared to September, overall retail sales in October rose by almost 7 percent.
This was helped by stronger sales in watches and jewellery, furniture and household equipment and motor vehicles.
Source: Channel NewsAsia, 15 December 2006