Covid era fuels growth in online retail sector

Calendar adjusted data (at constant prices) compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that, compared to September 2020, in September 2021 total retail trade turnover rose by 3.9 %. 

Turnover of retail trade in food products declined by 1.9 %. Retail trade in non-food products (except for retail sale of automotive fuel) increased by 7.6 %, but turnover of retail sale of automotive fuel – by 5.6 %.

Compared to September 2020, the largest turnover growth was recorded in retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet (of 22.6 %), retail sale of clothing, footwear and leather goods (11.1 %) and retail sale of hardware, instruments, construction materials and sanitary equipment (10.0 %).

Total retail trade turnover at current prices increased by 9.7 % (not taking into account the calendar influence).

Compared to August, in September 2021, the total turnover of retail trade enterprises rose by 0.4 %, according to seasonally adjusted data at constant prices. Turnover of retail trade in food products grew by 1.7 %. Retail trade in non-food products (except for retail sale of automotive fuel) decreased by 0.9 %, but turnover of retail sale of automotive fuel – increased by 1.6 %.

Compared to August, in September 2021 the total retail trade turnover at current prices (not taking into account seasonality) decreased by 5.5 %.

Turnover indices of retail trade enterprises by main kind of economic activity

(at constant prices)

 

September 2021 as %,

compared to:

August 2021 (seasonally adjusted)

September 2020 (calendar adjusted)

Retail trade – total

100.4

103.9

retail sale of food products, total

101.7

98.1

retail sale of non-food products, except for retail sale of automotive fuel, total

99.1

107.6

retail sale in non-specialised stores selling mainly non-food products

98.6

101.1

retail sale of information and communication equipment in specialised stores

98.0

98.7

retail sale of electrical household appliances in specialised stores

101.4

106.3

retail sale of hardware, instruments, construction materials and sanitary equipment

101.3

110.0

retail sale of cultural and recreation goods

94.2

109.8

retail trade in pharmaceutical and medical goods

101.5

107.1

retail sale of cosmetics and toiletries

102.0

104.5

retail sale of clothing, footwear and leather goods

97.6

111.1

retail sale in stalls or markets

95.7

108.2

retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet

95.9

122.6

retail sale of automotive fuel

101.6

105.6

Data published might be revised in the following months if additional information will be obtained from stores.

 

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