Retail sales index - October 2023

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In October 2023 retail sales[1] at constant prices were by 2.8% higher than the year before (against an increase of 0.7% in October 2022). Compared with Septmber 2023, an increase by 3.2% in retail sales was recorded. In the period of January-October[2] 2023 sales decreased y/y by 2.6% (in 2022 a growth of 6.0%).

In October 2023, the largest increase in retail sales (at constant prices) compared with the corresponding period of 2022 among presented groups was recorded by entities selling solid, liquid and gaseous fuels (by 16.7% against a decrease of 20.5% the year before). An increase in sales was also observed in enterprises trading in motor vehicles, motorcycles, parts (by 12.3%) and pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, orthopaedic equipment (by 2.3%). However, a significant decline was reported by units from the groups: “newspapers, books, other sale in specialized stores” (by 11.1%), “furniture, radio, TV and household appliances” (by 10.9%) and “others” (by 8.8%) . Enterprises trading in food, beverages and tobacco products noted a drop by 0.8%.

In October compared with September 2023, an increase in retail sales value via Internet at current prices was recorded (by 13.4%). The share of sales via Internet in “total” sales increased from 8.3% in September to 9.0% in October 2023. Among the presented groups with a significant share of sales via Internet an increase in share was reported by enterprises classified in the groups: “textiles, clothing, footwear” (from 17.8% a month ago to 19.9%), “furniture, radio, TV and household appliances” (from 15.6% to 17.1% respectively) and “newspapers, books, other sale in specialized stores” (from 24.3% to 24.8%).

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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