According to the Federal Statistical Office, the German retail trade (motor vehicles excluded) generated almost half of its turnover (45%) in just ten out of 59 product classes. Most turnover was generated in the field of pharmaceutical products (8.3% of total turnover), followed by ladies´ wear (5.9%) and foodstuffs (5.7%).
Apart from the above mentioned foodstuffs, meat, meat products, poultry and venison (4.4%) as well as confectionary including ice-cream (2.8%) were also among those ten product classes generating most of the turnover in the German retail trade.
Men´s wear had a share of 2.9% of total retail trade turnover in 2005 and thus played quite an important role. However, the turnover generated by it was just half as much as that generated by ladies´ wear.
The ten product classes which generated least turnover in 2005 accounted for just 2.8% of total turnover. Among others these included musical instruments (0.3%), photo and optical products (0.3%), wood, cork, wickerwork products and furs (0.1% each).