STAFF REPORTER OVER half of retail traders on Majorca have calculated that their sales last month were worse than in January 2009, the small to medium-sized business association Pimeco reported yesterday.

Just 11 percent said that results last month were better than those for January last year, confirmed Pimeco which had conducted its survey amongst retailers dealing in clothes, footwear and accessories.

The study also highlighted the fact that the overall commercial activity reported by its members in terms of the number of sales made - not just their value - and the amount of clients, could only be awarded 4.6 points out of 10. The figure is a 5 point decline on results for December last year and lists January this year as being 2 points below the average for the last 12 months (4.8).

Making trading comparisons between January this year and the previous month of December, only 12 percent of retailers said that business had been better, whilst well over half (59 percent) confirmed that month-on-month sales had been worse, and just one in three (29 percent) said that December and January results had been much the same.

Pimeco's findings therefore show that sales in January this year had been worse than in December 2010 and than in January last year.