The turnover of the retail trade sector, except the sales of road vehicles and motorcycles, increased during the first eight months of the year, against the similar interval of 2011, in unadjusted figures and in series adjusted with the number of working days and seasonal factors, by 4.3 pc and 4.4 pc, respectively. The evolution was influenced by the increase of the sales of fuels for vehicles in specialised shops (9.3 pc unadjusted series), the sales of food goods, drinks, tobacco (4.1 pc) and non-food goods (1.7 pc), according to data released yesterday by the National Statistics Institute (INS). Compared to the previous month, in August the turnover of the retail trade sector, except the sales of road vehicles and motorcycles, advanced by 4.7 pc in unadjusted series, driven by the sales of food goods, drinks, tobacco (7.6 pc), for vehicles in specialised shops (6.8 pc) and non-food gods (1.2 pc). Against August 2011, the indicator is 4.9 pc higher. Also the INS announced that industrial prices per total domestic and foreign markets increased by 1.3 pc in August against the previous month and by 7.2 pc year-on-year. Based on destination, industrial prices for the domestic and foreign markets advanced by 1.4 pc, respectively 1 pc compared to July. Against August 2011, price increases were reported by the sectors of water supply, sanitation, waste management and decontamination (20.5 pc), the processing industry (7.5 pc), the extractive industry (5.1 pc) and the production and supply of electricity, thermal energy, gas, hot water and air conditioned (4.8 pc). On general industrial category basis, significant price hikes were reported by the energy industry (11.5 pc). Several sectors ranged under the average figure: consumer goods (6.3 pc), intermediary goods (5 pc), capital goods (4.4 pc) and durables (3.5 pc).