Optical retailers' sales in France declined by 2.5 percent in the last quarter of 2013 as compared to the previous three months, when they had posted a 0.7 percent increase. According to the Bank of France, the negative trend of the optical sector is in contrast with the 0.6 percent average increase of the other retail sectors monitored by the bank during that quarter, driven in particular by the sales increase for household appliances, consumer electronics and furniture. According to the French financial institution, 7 out of the 17 sectors it monitored showed negative performance but the optical sector posted the worst performance among them. Shoe sales were down 1.5 percent, while sales of textiles and clothing decreased by 0.9 percent, the automotive sector saw sales decrease 0.7 percent, sales of games and toys declined by 0.3 percent, and revenues for the automotive equipment sector decreased by 0.2 percent. Data were compiled by the Bank of France through its branches and research centers based on surveys among French top managers and entrepreneurs.