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Retail trade - January 2023

Sales in retail trade were decreasing, year-on-year, for the ninth successive month

Product Code: 120019-23

Sales in retail trade decreased in real terms by 7.7%, year‑on‑year (y-o-y) in January; in the month-on-month (m-o-m) comparison, they increased by 0.3%.

Sales in retail trade, except of motor vehicles1) increased by 0.3% in real terms, month‑on‑month, in January. Sales for sale of automotive fuel increased by 2.5% and for food by 1.7%, whereas sales for sale of non-food goods decreased by 1.1%.  

Sales in retail trade decreased in real terms by 7.7%, year-on-year, in January. Sales for sale of non-food goods decreased by 9.5% and for food by 8.0%, whereas sales for sale of automotive fuel increased by 1.7%.

“Sales in retail trade adjusted for price effects decreased by 7.7%, year-on-year, in January. The year-on-year decrease continued already for the ninth successive month. Lower sales only occurred in sale of food and non-food goods. On the other hand, sale of automotive fuel reported a y-o-y increase in January already for the second successive month,” Jana Gotvaldová, Head of the Trade, Transport, and Services Statistics Unit of the Czech Statistical Office (CZSO), says.

“Compared to the previous year, consumers were more interested in clothing and footwear and in cosmetic and toilet articles; in other types of stores sales decreased. Retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet decreased for the thirteenth successive month,” Marie Boušková, Director of the Trade, Transport, Services, Tourism, and Environmental Statistics Department of the CZSO, adds.

Sales in retail sale of other household equipment in specialised stores decreased by 14.8%, in retail sale of cultural and recreation goods in specialised stores by 10.0%, in retail sale of information and communication equipment in specialised stores by 3.7%, and dispensing chemist and medical goods by 2.6%. On the other hand, sales in retail sale of clothing, footwear and leather goods in specialised stores increased by 5.8% and sales in retail sale of cosmetic and toilet articles in specialised stores by 1.8%. Sales for sale of food decreased in retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores by 8.8% and in non-specialised stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating by 8.0%. In other retail sale in non-specialised stores sales decreased by 0.6%. In retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet2) sales decreased by 11.9%.

Sales for sale and repair of motor vehicles3) increased in real terms by 1.0%, m-o-m. In the year-on-year comparison, sales increased by 1.2%, while sales for sale of motor vehicles (including spare parts) increased by 2.3%, whereas sales for repair of motor vehicles decreased by 3.1%.

International comparison of retail sales development in Member States of the EU is available at: https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/short-term-business-statistics/publications.

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Notes:
All data in the text of the News Release are at constant prices. The year-on-year development is published after having been adjusted for the influence of the number of working days (calendar effects). Month on‑month rates have also been seasonally adjusted. 
Enterprises are classified to the economic activity according to their principal (prevailing) activity, which is such an activity, from which the enterprise gets the highest value added.
Data for December 2022 have been revised in accordance with the CZSO Data Revision Policy. Data for January 2023 are preliminary; final data for all months of 2023 will be published in March 2024.
Methodology: https://csu.gov.cz/methodology_monthly_sales_indices_in_trade_hotels_and_restaurants

1) CZ-NACE 47 – retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles
2) CZ-NACE 4791 – retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet
3) CZ-NACE 45 – wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
 

Responsible head at the CZSO: Marie Boušková, Director of the Trade, Transport, Services, Tourism, and Environmental Statistics Department, phone number: (+420) 274 052 935, (+420) 732 349 448, e-mail: marie.bouskova@csu.gov.cz
Contact person: Jana Gotvaldová, Head of the Trade, Transport, and Services Statistics Unit, phone number: (+420) 274 052 691, (+420) 735 130 284, e-mail: jana.gotvaldova@csu.gov.cz
Method of data acquisition: direct survey of the CZSO (“SP 1–12”)
End of data collection: 1 March 2023
End of data processing: 6 March 2023
Related outputs: time series in the Public database: (https://vdb.czso.cz/vdbvo2/faces/en/index.jsf?page=statistiky#katalog=31029).
Next News Release will be published on: 5 April 2023

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