Retail sales index - February 2023

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In February 2023 retail sales[1] at constant prices were by 5.0% lower than the year before (against an increase of 8.1% in February 2022).

Compared with January 2023 a decline by 3.6% in retail sales was recorded.

In the period of January-February[2] 2023 sales decreased y/y by 1.9% (in 2021 a growth of 9.0%).

In February 2023, the largest decrease in retail sales (at constant prices) compared with the corresponding period of 2022, among the groups presented, was recorded by units trading in solid, liquid and gaseous fuels (by 26.2% against an increase of 22.1% the year before). Sales also declined in the groups: “others” (by 12.3%), “furniture, radio, TV and household appliances” (by 10.3%), “newspapers, books, other sale in specialized stores” (by 8.9%), “food, beverages and tobacco products” (by 4.6%). An increase in sales was reported by entities classified in the groups: “textiles, clothing, footwear” (by 9.9%), “motor vehicles, motorcycles, parts” (by 7.5%) and “pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, orthopaedic equipment” (by 2.7%).


[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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