Chile - Real Retail Sales





Chile: Real Retail Sales

Mnemonic WRT$.ICHL
Unit Vol. Index 2014=100, NSA
Adjustments Not Seasonally Adjusted
Monthly 0.62 %
Data Feb 2020 109.22
Jan 2020 109.9

Series Information

Source National Institute of Statistics (INE)
Release Retail Sales Index
Frequency Monthly
Start Date 1/31/2005
End Date 2/29/2020

Release Information

For Chile, the National Institute of Statistics (INE) reports a general trade activity index (IAC), index by activity, and index by type of product for the commerce sector. The dataset also contains a single index for retail sales in supermarkets.

The general index (IAC) provides a more complete and accurate analysis of the commerce sector (Section G, CIIU4) compared to its' predecessor index (IVCM). The aim of this indicator is estimating the short-term developments in the commerce sector. 

According to the source, the wholesale component must be added to represent the evolution of the commerce sector in a single index. 

The index encompasses retail and wholesale trade from three different divisions in the commerce sector according to CIIU4 international classification of activities:

  • Division 45: Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and Motorcycles
  • Division 46: Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and Motorcycles
  • Division 47: Retail trade, except motor vehicles and Motorcycles 

Note: Each of these divisions has their own index.

The index by product line (LDP) is comprised of goods that accurately describe the movement of sales according to ECOM 2013. The types of products include new vehicles, used vehicles, fuel, food, drink and tobacco, construction materials, phramacy and cosmetics, clothing, and electronics.

Companies that are surveyed include enterprises in the National Directory of Companies in the 2014 accounting year. Companies main activity must be trade according to Activities in the Internal Revenue Service (SII). These companies accounted for 95% of the annual sales in the trade sector.

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