A shopper prepares to pay at an informal shop piloted by Pick n Pay in Soweto
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African retail sales rose by 1.8 percent year-on-year in July after increasing by a revised 3.2 percent in June, data from the statistics office showed on Wednesday.
Analysts polled by Reuters had forecast a 2.8 percent year-on-year increase in retail sales in July.
On a month-on-month basis, sales were down 0.6 percent and were up 2.1 percent in the three months to July compared with the same period last year, Statistics South Africa said.
(Reporting by Mfuneko Toyana; Editing by James Macharia)
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