Retail sales index - April 2023

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In April 2023 retail sales[1] at constant prices were by 7.3% lower than the year before (against an increase of 19.0% in April 2022).

Compared with March 2023 an increase by 0.1% in retail sales was recorded.

In the period of January-April[2] 2023 sales decreased y/y by 4.8% (in 2022 a growth of 10.8%).

In April 2023, the largest decrease in retail sales (at constant prices) compared with the corresponding period of 2022 was reported by units from the group “others” (by 17.3% against an increase of 21.2% the year before). A significantly drop in sales was also recorded in the groups: “newspapers, books, other sale in specialized stores” (by 15.6%), “furniture, radio, TV and household appliances” (by 14.7%), “solid, liquid and gaseous fuels” (by 14.5%). Units trading in food, beverages and tobacco products noted a decline (by 8.0%). Among the presented groups, a slight increase in sales was reported only by entities classified in the group “textiles, clothing, footwear” (by 0.6%).


[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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