Brazilian retail sales increased 2.6% in January, on a seasonally adjusted basis, compared with the previous month, according to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).
Year-on-year, sales at hypermarkets, supermarkets, food products, beverages and tobacco jumped 7.6% in January, while supermarkets and hypermarkets alone posted a 7.7% growth.
Furniture and domestic appliances sales climbed 11.9% and sales of personal and household items surged 15.1% in the month.
Pharmaceutical and medical goods, cosmetic and toilet articles sales were up 8.6%, while sales of office, computer and communication equipment and material surged 32.7% in the year to January.
Year-on-year in January, fabric, apparel and footwear sales rose 3.1% and sales of books, newspapers, magazines and stationery grew 10.3%.
Sales of vehicles and motorcycles, parts and pieces increased 6.9% and construction material sales jumped 13% in January over the same month last year.
However, fuel and lubricants is the only category that recorded a decline, falling 0.7% in January, compared to the year-over month.
On a seasonally adjusted basis, retail sales in Brazil increased 2.6% in January 2012, compared with the previous month.
Month-on-month, sales at hypermarkets, supermarkets, food products, beverages and tobacco grew 7.4% in January, but supermarkets and hypermarkets alone recorded a 7.9% gain.
Furniture and domestic appliances sales were marginally up 0.4% and sales of other articles of personal and household use grew 3.9% in the month.
Pharmaceutical and medical goods, cosmetic and toilet articles sales rose 1.2%, while sales of office, computer and communication equipment and material slipped 2.3% in January from December.
Month-on-month in January, sales of textile, apparel and footwear grew 5.2% and books, newspapers, magazines and stationery sales climbed 2%.
Sales of vehicles and motorcycles, parts and pieces decreased 2.9%, while construction material sales jumped 3.7% in January from the previous month.
Fuel and lubricants also declined on a monthly basis in January, falling 0.3%.
The institute said 25 of the 27 Federation Units presented positive results in the volume of sales, in January 2012 from the same month a year ago.