Retail sales index - September 2023

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In September 2023 retail sales[1] at constant prices were by 0.3% lower than the year before (against an increase of 4.1% in September 2022). Compared with August 2023, also a decline by 0.3% in retail sales was recorded. In the period of January-September[1] 2023 sales decreased y/y by 3.4% (in 2022 a growth of 6.8%).

In September 2023, the largest decrease in retail sales (at constant prices) compared with the corresponding period of 2022 was recorded by entities from the group “textiles, clothing, footwear” (by 16.3% against an increase of 25.2% the year before). A decrease in sales was also observed in groups: “newspapers, books, other sale in specialized stores” (by 16.0%), “furniture, radio, TV and household appliances” (by 12.2%) and “others” (by 9.7%) . Enterprises trading in food, beverages and tobacco products noted a slight drop by 0.1%. Among the presented groups, a significant increase reported units selling motor vehicles, motorcycles, parts (by 9.8%) and solid, liquid and gaseous fuels (by 7.5%).

In September compared with August 2023, an increase in retail sales value via Internet at current prices was recorded (by 0.4%). The share of sales via Internet in “total” sales increased from 8.2% in August to 8.3% in September 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: “newspapers, books, other sale in specialized stores” (from 23.1% a month ago to 24.3%), “textiles, clothing, footwear” (from 17.7% to 17.8% respectively). A decline in share showed however units trading in furniture, radio, TV and household appliances (from 15.7% to 15.6%).

[1] Corrections made by reporting entities were included in cumulative data.

[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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