The turnover of the car and motorcycle trade sector declined in the first eight months of the year, compared to the same interval of 2011, both in unadjusted series and in series adjusted with working days and seasonal factors, by 3 pc and 2.5 pc respectively, the National Statistics Institute (INS) announced. The evolution was influenced by lower sales of automobiles (4.6 pc unadjusted series) and of car parts (1.2 pc). In August, the turnover of the wholesale and retail trade, maintenance of automobiles and motorcycles, dropped by 1.2 pc in unadjusted series against the previous month, under the impact of lower sales of automobiles (3.3 pc), motorcycles, parts and accessories (0.7 pc). Compared to August 2011, the decrease was 5.8 pc. The activity of market services provided to population during the interval subject to analysis, decreased by 2.1 pc (unadjusted series) compared to the first eight months of 2011, influenced by gambling and other recreational activities (-5.1 pc) and activities of hotels and restaurants (-2.3 pc). Increases were reported by travel agencies and tour operators (18.1 pc), the activities of washing and cleaning textiles and furs (8.7 pc), hairdressing and other cosmetic activities (4.4 pc).