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Retail sector up on year, down on month in May

Calendar adjusted data (at constant prices) compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that, compared to May 2020, in May 2021 total retail trade turnover increased by 3.2 %. 

Turnover of retail trade in food products grew by 1.0 %. Retail trade in non-food products (except for retail sale of automotive fuel) increased by 4.1 %, but turnover of retail sale of automotive fuel – by 5.2 %.

Compared to May 2020, the most significant turnover rise was registered in retail sale of electrical household appliances in specialised stores (of 24.8 %), retail sale of information and communication equipment in specialised stores (21.2 %) and retail sale of cultural and recreation goods (17.7 %). Significant turnover decline was registered in retail sale of clothing, footwear and leather goods (of 15.9 %) and retail sale of hardware, instruments, construction materials and sanitary equipment (2.9 %).

Total retail trade turnover at current prices increased by 8.9 % (not taking into account the calendar influence).

Compared to April, the total turnover of retail trade enterprises in May 2021 fell by 3.9 %, according to seasonally adjusted data at constant prices. Turnover of retail trade in food products declined by 2.1 %. Retail trade in non-food products (except for retail sale of automotive fuel) reduced by 6.4 %, but turnover of retail sale of automotive fuel – by 1.1 %.

Compared to April, in May 2021 the total retail trade turnover at current prices (not taking into account seasonality) increased by 1.9 %.

More information on seasonally adjusted, calendar adjusted and non-adjusted retail trade turnover indices is available in the Official statistics portal “Trade and services”.

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