Domestic trade in December 2005

30.01.2006

Compared to November, retail trade turnover at constant prices(seasonally not adjusted data) in December 2005 increased by 33.3% but comparedto December 2004, it rose by 23.2%.

The year of 2005 witnessed the most rapid increase (by 21.3%) inthe annual turnover of retail trade enterprises during the last five years (thisindicator was 12.4% in 2004, 13.6% in 2003, 12.3% in 2002 and 17.9% in 2001).

There was a steep rise (by 32.8%) in retail trade turnover atconstant prices in those enterprises, which were trading books, newspapers andstationery. In 2005, the increase in the trade of metal products, appliances,construction materials and plumbing was 31.9%. The increase in enterprises thatwere engaged in trade in non-specialised stores selling mostly non-food as wellas in enterprises selling wearing apparel, footwear and textiles was higher than25%. Supermarkets are still developing as can be seen from the rise of 16.3% intheir turnover in a group that trade in non-specialised stores selling mostlyfood products. The large firms mainly account for this increase, as the totalturnover of the five largest supermarket chains increased by 27.7% in 2005.

Retail trade turnover of enterprises by main activity inDecember 2005

Main activity of enterprises at constant prices
I-XII 2005
on
I-XII 2004
XII 2005 as % of
XI 2005 XII 2004
Seasonally
non-
adjusted
Seasonally
adjusted
Seasonally
non-
adjusted
adjusted
by the number of working days

Total

121.3

133.3

102.5

123.2

123.9

of which in enterprises with main activity:

retail trade in non-specialised stores selling mainly food

116.3

128.7

105.1

112.4

112.1

retail trade in food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores

101.9

138.8

101.7

101.6

102.5

retail trade in non-specialised stores selling mainly non-food

128.3

129.6

99.8

129.6

130.9

retail trade in pharmaceutical and medical goods, cosmetics and toiletry

124.1

131.4

109.9

130.7

131.1

retail trade in textiles, clothing, footwear and leather ware

126.6

124.7

117.8

131.0

131.0

retail trade in furniture, lighting fixtures, household goods, electrical appliances, radio, TV goods, construction materials, paints, glassware and other goods

126.1

120.4

115.1

134.9

134.6

other retail trade in specialised stores

131.6

153.0

138.0

137.6

141.5

retail trade in second-hand goods

131

101.5

97.9

retail trade outside stores

110.0

115.3

Compared to November, retail trade turnover of enterprises themain activity of which is the sale of motor vehicles, motorcycles and partsthereof decreased in December 2005 by 0.8%.

Compared to December last year, retail trade turnover of motorvehicles, motorcycles and parts thereof has increased by 45.4%, of which theincrease in the sale of cars was 39.0%.

Compared to January-December 2004, the turnover of motorvehicles, motorcycles and parts thereof in January-December 2005 rose by40.1%, of which the increase in the turnover of vehicle sales was 38.1%.

Compared to the corresponding period of 2004, the turnover of automotivefuel retail trade enterprises in January-December 2005 increased by 27.6%.

Prepared by Trade and Services Statistics Section
Tel. 7366968
Ina Leja