Retail turnover increases by 12% in April | New


Johanna Linda Pihlak, an analyst at Statistics Estonia, said the rise in retail turnover was mainly influenced by stores selling manufactured goods, where turnover rose 26% year-on-year.

“The main reason for the significant growth in turnover of these stores is the fact that last year the shopping centers were closed for the whole month of April due to the emergency situation,” explained Pihlak.

The largest increase in turnover was recorded in stores selling textiles, clothing and footwear, where turnover increased almost fourfold year-on-year.

“There has also been an almost-fold increase in turnover from other non-specialty stores selling mainly manufactured goods, i.e. department stores,” she added.

Turnover also increased in stores selling second-hand goods and in non-store retail, such as stalls, markets, direct sales, by 33%. There was also a 23% increase in the number of stores selling housewares and appliances, hardware and building materials.

Compared to April 2021, turnover decreased by 12% in stores selling by mail order or on the Internet.

Revenue at automotive fuel retail businesses rose 13% in April. After a long time, there was a decline in grocery store sales, which fell 3% year over year.

In April, compared to March, the turnover of retail businesses fell by 6%. According to data adjusted for seasonal variations and working days, sales decreased by 2% compared to March.

In the four months of 2022, the turnover of retail businesses increased by 11% compared to the same period of 2021.

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