Data of the Central Statistical Bureau show that compared to 2011, the total retail trade turnover at constant prices in 2012 increased by 9.7%, of which in food commodity group – by 3.1%, but in enterprises selling non-food products – by 12.9%.
In the 4th quarter of 2012 as compared to the 3rd quarter of 2012, retail trade turnover did not change (according to seasonally adjusted data at constant prices). Retail trade of food products decreased by 1.1%, whereas in enterprises selling mainly non-food products it grew by 0.4%.
Compared to the 4th quarter of 2011, retail trade turnover according to calendar adjusted data grew by 9.8%: retail trade in food products increased by 0.9%, while retail trade of non-food products grew by 14.2%.
Compared to November the total retail trade turnover in December 2012 increased by 0.7%, according to seasonally adjusted data at constant prices. Turnover of non-food commodities increased by 1.4% (comprising 70% of the total retail trade turnover in December). As compared to November, retail trade in food products in December dropped by 0.8%.
As retail trade turnover is significantly affected by public and national holidays, as well as by different price campaigns, in order to ensure that December data are comparable with other months, the data are seasonally adjusted.
As compared to the previous month, the total retail trade turnover at current prices in December not taking into account seasonality increased by 16%, of which in food commodity group – by 20.1% and in non-food commodity group – by 13.3%.
The largest turnover growth was recorded in sectors providing goods that are traditionally purchased for Christmas presents. For example, retail trade of cosmetics and perfumery increased by 67.4%, as compared to the previous month, retail trade of stationary – by 51.8% and retail trade of toys and sporting equipment – by 63.4%. In its turn, retail trade of household electrical appliances grew by 64%, while retail trade of clothing and footwear rose by 26.9%.
Retail trade turnover indices
(as % of the average monthly turnover of 2005,
at constant prices)
Compared to December 2011, the total retail trade turnover in December 2012 increased by 12.5% according to calendar adjusted data at constant prices.Retail trade of food products rose by 1.1% and retail sale of non-food products – by 18.2 %, of which retail sale of automotive fuel – by 15.3%.
Compared to the corresponding month of the previous year, the total retail trade turnover at current prices, not taking into account the number of calendar days, increased by 6%.
Changes in retail trade enterprise turnover
(as % of the corresponding month of the previous year, at constant prices,
calendar adjusted data)
Turnover indices of retail trade enterprises by main kind of economic activity
(at constant prices)
I-XII 2012 as % of I-XII 2011
XII 2012 as % of
XI 2012 (seasonally adjusted)
Retail trade - total
retail sale of food products, total
retail sale of non-food products, total (excluding retail sate of automotive fuel)
retail sale in non-specialised stores selling mainly non-food products
retail sale of pharmaceutical and medical goods
retail sale of textiles, clothing, footwear and leather ware
retail sale of hardware, paints and glass
retail sale of furniture, lighting equipment and other household articles in specialised stores
retail sale of automotive fuel
Sale of motor vehicles and motorcycles
More information on seasonally adjusted data, calendar adjusted data and non-adjusted data on retail trade turnover indices is available in the CSB database.
Prepared by the Trade and Services Statistics Section
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