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Retail trade - October 2023

Year-on-year decrease of sales in retail trade slackened

Product Code: 120019-23

Sales in retail trade decreased in real terms by 1.4%, year‑on‑year (y-o-y), in October; in the month-on-month (m-o-m) comparison, they increased by 0.6%. Sales for sale and repair of motor vehicles increased by 5.9%, y-o-y; in the m-o-m comparison they increased by 0.3%.

Sales in retail trade, except of motor vehicles1) increased in real terms by 0.6%, month‑on‑month, in October. Sales for sale of non-food goods increased by 1.6%, sales for sale of food stagnated, and sales for sale of automotive fuel decreased by 2.1%.

Year-on-year, sales in retail trade decreased in real terms by 1.4% in October. Sales for sale of food decreased by 2.7% and for non-food goods by 1.0%, whereas sales for sale of automotive fuel increased by 0.8%.

“Sales in retail trade adjusted for price effects decreased, year-on-year, in October. Compared to October 2022, sales for sale of food and non-food goods decreased, whereas for sale of automotive fuels they increased. All assortment types of stores except for those with cosmetic and toilet articles recorded a decrease in sales,” Jana Gotvaldová, Head of the Trade, Transport, and Services Statistics Unit of the Czech Statistical Office (CZSO), says.

Sales in retail sale of clothing, footwear and leather goods in specialised stores decreased by 6.1%, year-on-year, in retail sale of information and communication equipment in specialised stores by 3.1%, sales in retail sale of other household equipment in specialised stores decreased by 2.9%, in dispensing chemist and medical goods by 2.2%, and in retail sale of cultural and recreation goods in specialised stores by 1.9%. On the other hand, sales increased in retail sale of cosmetic and toilet articles in specialised stores by 5.9%. Sales from sale of food in retail sale in non-specialised stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating decreased by 2.7% and in retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores by 2.4%. In other retail sale in non‑specialised stores sales increased by 7.8%. In retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet2) sales increased by 5.3%.

Sales for sale and repair of motor vehicles3) increased in real terms, m-o-m, by 0.3%. In the year-on-year comparison, sales increased by 5.9%; sales for sale of motor vehicles (including spare parts) increased by 6.3% and sales for repair of motor vehicles by 4.5%.

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.



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 September 2023 have been revised in accordance with the CZSO
Data revision policy. Data for October 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
CZ-NACE 47 – retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles

CZ-NACE 4791 – retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet

CZ-NACE 45 – wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles

Responsible head at the CZSO: Pavel Vančura, Director of the Trade, Transport, Services, Tourism, and Environmental Statistics Department, phone number: (+420) 274 052 096, (+420) 732 348 337, e-mail: pavel.vancura@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: 28 
November 2023

End of data processing: 1 December 

Related outputs: time series in the Public database: (

The next news release will be published on:  12 January 2024