Retail sales - March 2019

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In March 2019 retail sales at constant prices were by 1.8% higher than the year before (against a growth of 8.8% in March 2018). Compared with February 2019 retail sales increased by 13.5%.


Among the groups with a significant share in total retail sales higher than average increase in March 2019 compared to the corresponding period of 2018 (at constant prices) was observed in enterprises trading in motor vehicles, motorcycles, parts (by 11.3% against an increase of 0.6% the year before) and in units from the group “others” (by 7.0% against an increase of 2.2% the year before). Within groups with a lower share in total retail sales the highest increase was reported by units classified into the group “furniture, radio, TV and household appliances” (by 20.5%).The drop in retail sales was noted by sellers of food, beverages and tobacco products (by 10.4%), as well as by economic entities conducting other retail sales in non-specialized stores (by 1.3%), which was caused i.a. by earlier Easter date in 2018 and increased purchases in March last year. In the period of January-March 20192 retail sales y/y were by 4.1% higher (against a growth of 8.1% in 2018).

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