South African retail sales grew by 0.8 percent year-on-year in July, after expanding by a revised 1.4 percent in June, data from the statistics office showed on Wednesday.
Analysts polled by Reuters had forecast a 2 percent year-on-year increase in July.
On a month-on-month basis, sales fell by 0.4 percent, and were up 2 percent in the three months to July compared with the same period last year, Statistics South Africa said.
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