Swedish shoe retailers suffered a drop of 18.2 percent in their sales in April when compared with the same month last year, according to the HUI research institute. Subsequently, their sales increased by 6.9 percent in May and by 2.2 percent in June. When measuring the first six months of 2012, Swedish retail sales of footwear went up by 4.4 percent, or by 7.9 percent based on constant prices and similar working days.