Retail sales volume in Hungary declined 4.1% for the month of November 2012, as compared to the corresponding month in 2011.

Domestic retail sales totaled $3.13bn for the month while the aggregate sales for the first eleven months of 2012 were placed at $33.5bn, said the country’s Central Statistics Office (KSH).

The decline for the month of November was attributed mainly to lower sales of furniture and electrical goods, textiles and clothing and footwear.

Books, computer equipment, food, beverages and tobacco also contributed to the decline while sales at filling stations were also down.

Fuel station sales for the month were down 1.1% while figures for the first eleven months in 2012 declined 3%.

Non-food sales for the month fell 7.7%, at constant prices, while cosmetics products (4.4%), second-hand goods (0.7%) and pharmaceutical and medical products (4.1%) posted positive growth.

Mail order and internet sales for the month surged 23.6%, demonstrating a continued growth trend in online purchases.

Month-on-month retail sales, on a seasonal and calendar adjusted basis for November, declined 0.4%.

Food, drinks and tobacco sales fell 0.4% and 1.1% for the month while automotive fuel sales for the month increased 2%.