Retail sales - December 2018

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In December 2018 retail sale1 at constant prices were by 3.9% higher than the year before (against a growth of 5.2% in December 2017). Compared with November 2018 retail sales increased by 13.2%.

Retail sales of goods by type of enterprise activity


Among the groups with a significant share in total retail sales the highest increase in December 2018 compared to the corresponding period of 2017 (at constant prices) was observed in enterprises from the group “others” (by 10.4% against a decrease of 1.3% the year before). Increased sales were also recorded in units trading in motor vehicles, motorcycles, parts (by 6.8%) as well as by entities conducting other retail sales in non-specialized stores (by 5.1%) and sellers of  solid, liquid and gaseous fuels (by 4.8%). Within groups with a lower share in total retail sales, the highest growth was reported by units from group “furniture, radio, TV and household appliances” (by 8.1%). The drop in retail sales was noted by units trading  in food, beverages and tobacco products (by 2.4%).

In the period of January-December 20182 retail sales y/y were by 6.2% higher (against a growth of 7.3% in 2017).


[1] Data concerns trade and non-trade enterprises employing more than 9 persons. Groups of enterprises were created on the basis of the Polish Classification of Activities (PKD 2007) and a given enterprise is included to a specific category by predominating kind of activity and according to its present organizational status in mentioned period. The recorded changes of rise or fall of the volume of retail sales in particular groups of enterprises activity may result from a change in the predominating kind of activity and organisational changes (e.g. a merger of enterprises). This does not have impact on the dynamics of the total retail sales.

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

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