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Retail trade

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In November 2020 estimates for seasonally adjusted index of retail trade strongly decreased in the month on month series, contracting by 6.9% in value terms and by 7.4% in volume terms.

In the three months to November 2020, value of sales increased by 0.5%, while volume grew by 1.5% in the same period.

Year on year, retail trade index sharply fell, as value sales dropped by 8.1% and volume sales decreased by 8.4%.

In November 2020, all channels of distribution, besides e-commerce, were down when compared with November 2019. Large-scale distribution contracted by 8.3% year on year, small-scale distribution dropped by 12.5% and non-store retail sales fell by 14.3%.

Online sales strongly increased in November 2020, with sales up by 50.2% compared with the same period a year ago.

Looking at the value of sales for non-food products, all categories reported falls, except for Computers and telecommunications equipment (+28.7%) and Tools (+2.0%). The largest falls were seen in Shoes, leather goods and travel items (-45.8%) and Clothing (-37.7%).

Reference period: November 2020

Date of Issue: 12 January 2021

Next release: 5 February 2021

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