Retail sales index – October 2018

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In October 2018 retail sales[1] at constant prices were by  7.8% higher than the year before (against a growth of 7.1% in October 2017). Compared with September this year retail sales increased by 6.6%.

Retail sales of goods by type of enterprise activity

Among the groups with a significant share in total retail sales higher than average increase in October 2018 compared to the corresponding period of previous year (at constant prices) was observed in enterprises from the group “others” (by 15.0% against a growth of 9.8% the year before) as well as by units trading in solid, liquid and gaseous fuels (by 11.0% against a growth of 5.6% the year before) and selling motor vehicles, motorcycles, parts (by 9.7% against a growth of 11.8% the year before).

Within groups with a lower share in total retail sales, high growth was noted by units from groups: “pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, orthopaedic equipment” (by 11.7%); “textiles, clothing, footwear” (by 11.6%) and “furniture, radio, TV and household appliances” (by 7.5%).

In the period of January-October 2018[2] retail sales were by 6.5% higher than in the corresponding period of previous year (against a growth of 7.2% 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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