Retail sales index – May 2019

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In May 2019 retail sales at constant prices were by 5.6% higher than the year before (against a growth of 6.1% in May 2018). Compared with April 2019 retail sales decreased by 3.5%.

Among the groups with a significant share in total retail sales higher than average increase in May 2019 compared to the corresponding period of 2018 (at constant prices) was observed in entities trading in motor vehicles, motorcycles, parts (by 16.6% against an increase by 3,3% a year before) and in enterprises conducting other retail sales in non-specialized stores (by 9.1% against an increase of 7.8% the year before). Within groups with a lower share in total retail sales a high increase was reported by units from the groups: “furniture, radio, TV and household appliances” (by 16.6%); “pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, orthopaedic equip-ment” (by 14.8%). A slight decrease in sales was recorded in the group “textiles, clothing, footwear” (by 0.1%). In the period of January-May 20192 retail sales y/y were by 6.5% higher (against a growth of 6.7% in 2018).

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