In April 2018 retail sales  at constant prices were by 4.0% higher than the year before (against a growth of 6.7% in April 2017). The growth rate of retail sales was lower than in  the previous months of 2018. In comparison with March 2018 retail sales were lower by 5.9%.


Retail sales of goods by type of enterprise activity

Among the groups with a significant share in total retail sales, the highest increase in April 2018 compared to the corresponding period of previous year (at constant prices) was observed in entities from the group “others” (by 14.5% against a decrease of 0.2% the year before). A substantial increase in sales was also recorded in enterprises trading in motor vehicles, motorcycles, parts  (by 11.7%) and solid, liquid and gaseous fuels (by 10.2%).

Within groups with a lower share in total retail sales, the highest increase in sales was noted by entities trading in textiles, clothing, footwear (by 18.0%).

The decrease in retail sales was recorded by economic units classified into the groups “other retail sale in non-specialized stores” (by 1.9%) and “food, beverages and tobacco products” (by 10.4%), which was caused by earlier date of Easter in 2018 (calendar effect).

In the period of January-April 2018[1] retail sales were by 6.9 higher than in the corresponding period of 2017 .

[1] Corrections made by reporting entities were included in cumulative data.