South Africa - Retail Sales

South Africa: Retail Sales

Mnemonic WRT.IZAF
Unit Mil. ZAR, NSA
Adjustments Not Seasonally Adjusted
Monthly 16.05 %
Data Nov 2022 119,347
Oct 2022 102,843

Series Information

Source Statistics South Africa (Statistics SA)
Release Retail Trade Sales (P6242.1)
Frequency Monthly
Start Date 1/31/2002
End Date 11/30/2022

South Africa: Consumer

Reference Last Previous Units Frequency
Retail Sales Nov 2022 119,347 102,843 Mil. ZAR, NSA Monthly
Real Retail Sales Oct 2022 54.33 55.99 Index, SA Monthly
Personal Income 2015 138,168 Rand, Nominal, NSA Annual

Release Information

Monthly statistics on retail sales are done for South Africa by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA). Retail Sales Indices show the development of sales revenues. The volume of sales describes the value of turnover represented. The index is considered a quality index. 


  • Classification: SIC 5 (1993), based on UN ISIC (1990).
  • Measurements:
    • Millions of South African rands at constant year-2019 prices (Mil. 2019 ZAF)
    • At current prices (Mil. ZAF)
  • Adjustments:
    • Seasonally adjusted (SA)
    • Not seasonally adjusted (NSA)
  • Native frequency: Monthly
  • Start dates (as reported): 2002m1 or 2008m1
  • Start date (as extended): As early as 1970m1


  • At 2015 prices - 2002m1 to 2022m4 ("_15")
  • At 2012 prices - 2002m1 to 2017m7 (none)
  • At 1995 prices, new survey - 1980m1 to 2003m12 (none)
  • At 1995 prices, old survey - 1970m1 to 2003m12 (none)
  • By province - 1995m1 to 2003m12 (none)

Publication P6242.1 "Retail trade sales"

"Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) conducts a monthly survey of the retail trade industry, covering retail enterprises. This survey is based on a sample drawn from Stats SA's 2017 business sampling frame (BSF) that contains businesses registered for value added tax (VAT).

In order to improve timeliness, some information for the latest month had to be estimated due to late response. These estimates will be revised in future statistical releases as soon as information becomes available. Published retail trade sales estimates include value added tax (VAT)."

Moody's Analytics supplements

For the "all retailers" SA series, we back-extend prior to 2002m1 (real 1977 to 2001, nominal 1970 to 2001).

The global concept alias WRT.IZAF is assigned to the "all retailers, current prices" series WRL62UM.IZAF.

Further reading

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