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Wholesale trade sales in real terms increase
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May '08
Wholesale trade sales in real terms increase. Wholesale trade sales, at constant (2000) prices, for the first quarter of 2008 increased by 6.9% compared with the first quarter of 2007.

The corresponding growth in 2007 was 9.5%. Seasonally adjusted wholesale trade sales, at constant (2000) prices, for the first quarter of 2008 increased by 4.9% compared with the previous quarter.

Wholesale trade sales, at constant (2000) prices, for March 2008 increased by 5.2% compared with March 2007. The 5.2% increase is lower than the 7.3% growth for March 2007 compared with March 2006.

Wholesale trade sales, at current prices, for the first quarter of 2008 increased by 20.4% compared with the first quarter of 2007. The 20.4% increase is also lower than the 21.2% growth for the corresponding period in 2007.

The major contributors to the 20.4% increase in wholesale trade sales at current prices for the first quarter of 2008 compared with the first quarter of 2007 were dealers in solid, liquid and gaseous fuels and related products (+6.7 percentage points) and dealers in machinery, equipment and supplies (+3.9 percentage points).

Wholesale trade sales, at current prices, for March 2008 increased by 19.3% compared with March 2007 amid rising agricultural and petroleum commodity prices.

Statistics South Africa

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