Retail trade turnover shrank on year, rose on month in May

New calendar adjusted data (at constant prices) compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that, compared to May 2019, in May 2020 total retail trade turnover reduced by 0.6 %.

Turnover of retail trade in food products grew by 1.6 %. Retail trade in non-food products (except for retail sale of automotive fuel) decreased by 3.9 %, but turnover of retail sale of automotive fuel – increased by 3.3 %.

As compared to May 2019, the most notable turnover growth was registered in retail sale of electrical household appliances in specialised stores (of 25.0 %), retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet (16.5 %) and retail sale in non-specialised stores selling mainly non-food products (7.3 %).

The most significant turnover drop was registered in retail sale in stalls or markets (of 34.2 %), retail sale of clothing, footwear and leather goods (27.8 %) and retail sale of information and communication equipment in specialised stores (6.3 %).

Total retail trade turnover at current prices decreased by 4.7 % (not taking into account the calendar influence).

Hoever, compared to April, in May 2020, the total turnover of retail trade enterprises rose by 7.8 %, according to seasonally adjusted data at constant prices. Turnover of retail trade in food products grew by 2.8 %. Retail trade in non-food products (except for retail sale of automotive fuel) increased by 13.4 %, but turnover of retail sale of automotive fuel – by 5.4 % as lockdown restrictions started to ease.

"As compared to April, turnover increase in some sectors was affected by the decision as of May 12 to lift the restriction that prohibits shopping centres from working at weekends and holidays," said the CSB.

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