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Retail Trade - April 2011

Food sales grew faster

Product Code: r-9101-11




In April, sales in retail trade including automotive segment after seasonal, calendar and working day adjustment increased at constant prices by 0.3%, month-on-month. Only working and calendar days adjusted sales increased by 4.6%, year-on-year. Y-o-y increase of non-adjusted sales by 2.7% was contributed to mainly by sale of motor vehicles and motorcycles and by retail sale in non-specialised stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating.

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After seasonal adjustment sales in retail trade including sale and repair of motor vehicles increased in April by 0.3%, at constant prices, m-o-m; only working and calendar days adjusted increased by 4.6%, year-on-year. The y-o-y growth of non-adjusted sales by 2.7% was influenced (with a lower number of working days in April 2011 than in 2010 by 1 day) mainly by increase of sale of motor vehicles (+1.7 p.p.), food (+1.1 p.p.), and non-food goods (+0.5 p.p.), while the opposite effect came from sale of automotive fuel (-0.4 p.p.); see Table 2.

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Seasonally adjusted sales in sale and repair of motor vehicles (CZ-NACE 45) decreased by 1.4% at constant prices, m-o-m, and in the year-on-year comparison, adjusted for working days, they increased by 8.1%. Non-adjusted sales increased by 4.8%, y-o-y; sales for sale of motor vehicles and motorcycles (including spare parts) increased by 6.2% and sales for maintenance and repair of motor vehicles decreased by 3.6%. Increased sales were recorded especially by sellers of trucks and utility cars.

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In retail sale including sale of automotive fuel (CZ-NACE 47) seasonally adjusted sales at constant prices increased by 1.0%, m-o-m; working days adjusted increased by 3.0%, y-o-y. Seasonally non-adjusted sales increased by 1.8%, y-o-y, especially thanks to higher sale of food by 4.6% and non-food goods by 1.6%; on the contrary, decreasing sale of automotive fuel continued (-4.0%).

The already-mentioned total growth of food sales was completely owed to non-specialised stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating (+5.0%). The development in this assortment group is determined mainly by sales of enterprises with 100+ employees, which reported growth by 6.7% and make about a third of total retail sales. Sales growth was recorded also in retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet (+9.5%), retail sale of information and communication equipment in specialised stores (+7.5%), retail sale of clothing, footwear and leather goods in specialised stores (+5.4%), retail sale of cultural and recreation goods in specialised stores (+4.8%), and retail sale of second-hand goods in stores (+4.4%). On the contrary, besides automotive fuel, sales decreased also in retail sale via stalls and markets (-12.1%), in non-specialised stores with non-food goods predominating (-1.5%), in retail sale of other household equipment in specialised stores (-0.6%), food in specialised stores, and dispensing chemist, medical and orthopaedic goods, cosmetic and toilet articles in specialised stores (both the same -0.2%).

The price deflator related to the corresponding period of the previous year was 102.2%; it was influenced by continuing significant price increase of automotive fuel (+11.9%). Smaller price increase was reported for prices of goods sold in non-specialised stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating (+3.4%) and for food in specialised stores (+2.2%). The deepest price falls were in information and communication equipment (-9.4%) and textiles, footwear, and other household equipment in specialised stores (all -1.8%).

International comparison of retail sales development in the EU Member States is available at: ( http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page/portal/eurostat/home).




Methodological note:
Responsible head: Marie Boušková, phone (+420) 274052935, e-mail: marie.bouskova@csu.gov.cz
Contact person: Marcela Mašátová, phone (+420) 274052681, e-mail: marcela.masatova@csu.gov.cz
Method of data acquisition: direct surveys of the CZSO (SP1-12)
End of data collection: 26 May 2011
End of data processing: 31 May 2011
Data for January 2010 to March 2011 have been revised in harmony with the CZSO revision policy; data for April 2011 are preliminary; final data for all months of 2011 will be available in June 2012 at the latest.
Related publications: Base and y-o-y indices from 2000 and 2001 are available in time series
( /sales_indices_monthly_retail_trade_hotels_and_restaurants_time_series ).
The next News Release will be published on 4 July 2011.



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