Retail sales index – September 2019

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In September 2019 retail sales[1] at constant prices were by 4.3% higher than the year before (against a growth of 3.6% in September 2018). Compared with August 2019 retail sales decreased by 4.1%.

Among the groups with a significant share in total retail sales higher than average increase in September 2019 compared to the corresponding period of 2018 (at constant prices) was observed in units trading in motor vehicles, motorcycles, parts (by 10.7% against a decrease by 4.3% a year before) and in enterprises conducting other retail sale in non-specialized stores (by 7.4% against an increase of 4.5% the year before). Within groups with a lower share in total retail sales high increase was reported by entities from groups: “furniture, radio, TV and household appliances” (by 11.3%), “pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, orthopaedic equipment” (by 10.9%), “textiles, clothing, footwear” (by  9.1%). The drop in retail sales was noted by enterprises selling food, beverages and tobacco products (by 2.9%) and units classified into the group “others” (by 1.4%).

[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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