Retail sales up 10.6% year-on-year in April
In April 2021, the volume of retail trade increased by 9.9% in raw data and by 10.6% in calendar corrected data, compared to the same period of 2020, according to data from the Central Office of statistics (KSH).
The increase is the result of the gradual lifting of restrictions starting in the middle of the month and the low point in April of last year, according to the statistical agency.
Compared with April 2020, the sales volume increased by 3.3% in specialized and non-specialized food distribution. Sales increased 2.9% in non-specialty food and beverage stores representing 75% of food distribution and 5.1% in specialty food, beverage and tobacco stores.
The lifting of restrictions and the base effect generally affected non-food retailing, which overall grew by 21.3%. Sales volumes were multiplied by six in textile, clothing and footwear stores, by three in second-hand shops, by 38% in book stores, computer equipment and other specialized stores, by 18% in pharmaceutical products stores , medical and cosmetics and 8.6% in non-specialized stores. – stores specializing in manufactured products. Sales volumes fell at furniture and appliance stores (4.2%).
Mail order and internet sales, which covers a wide range of products and accounts for 9.7% of retail sales, continued to grow 6.4% in volume, following record growth in April last year.
Sales volumes at automotive service stations increased 19.2%.
Sales at motor vehicle and motor vehicle parts and accessories stores not included in the retail data increased 30%.
National retail sales amounted to HUF 1,064 billion at current prices in April 2021. Specialty and non-specialty food stores accounted for 48% of all domestic retail sales, while the relevant figures for trade in Non-food retail and gas station retailing were 37% and 15% respectively.
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