Retail sales index – August 2019

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In August 2019 retail sales[1] at constant prices were by 4.4% higher than the year before (against a growth of 6.7% in August 2018). Compared with July 2019 retail sales increased by 0.1%.

Among the groups with a significant share in total retail sales the highest increase in August 2019 compared to the corresponding period of 2018 (at constant prices) was observed in enterprises conducting other retail sale in non-specialized stores (by 12.0% against an increase of 6.9% the year before). An increase in sales was also recorded in entities selling motor vehicles, motorcycles, parts (by 3.0% against an increase by 11.0% a year before), food, beverages and tobacco products (by 1.5% against an increase by 1.0% a year before) and in units trading in solid, liquid and gaseous fuels (1.3% against an increase by 7.7% a year before).

[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.

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