Retail sales volume dropped 12 pct in November 2010 compared with November 2009, after a decline of 11.1 pct recorded in the 2009/2008 period, Hellenic Statistical Authority said on Monday.

The statistics service, in a report, attributed this development to a 26.6 pct drop in furniture-electrical appliances-home appliances, a 12.5 pct drop in pharmaceuticals-cosmetics and 10.7 pct fall in fuel and lubricants, an 8.8 pct decline in large food stores and a 6.1 pct fall in bookstores.

The retail sales turnover index fell 6.3 pct in November, after a decline of 9.2 pct recorded in the same month in 2009.