Commerce turnover up in February against January, INS reveals
The turnover of the retail trade sector - except for the sales of road vehicles and motorcycles - in February increased by up to 5.4 pc against January, but dropped by as much as 5.2 pc vs. the same month of 2010, according to data provided by the National Statistics Institute (INS).
In February, against the previous month, the turnover of the retail trade sector picked up by 5.4 pc in unadjusted series and by 1.1 pc adjusted with the number of working days and seasonal factors, reads a release. The evolution was due to the advance registered by the retailing of fuel for motor vehicles through specialised shops (+20.3 pc in unadjusted series and +12.1 pc in adjusted series) and the sale of nonfood products (+3.7 pc unadjusted and +0.6 pc adjusted). The sales of food goods, drinks and tobacco dropped by 0.2 pc in unadjusted series and by 0.6 pc adjusted. Against February 2010, the turnover of the retail trade sector decreased in both unadjusted and adjusted series, by 4.8 pc and 5.2 pc, respectively.
The decline was caused by drops in the sales of food, drinks and tobacco (-10.3 unadjusted, -9.6 pc adjusted), nonfood goods (-2.1 pc and -2.6 pc respectively), and the retail of fuels for motor vehicles through specialised shops (-0.9 pc and -2.5 pc respectively). In the first two months of the year, the turnover of the retail sector (except for the trade of road vehicles and motorcycles) dropped, against the similar interval of 2010, by 6 pc in unadjusted series and by 5.7 pc in series adjusted with the number of working days and seasonal factors.
Published on 05.04.2011
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