Romania: Fuel and food sales boost turnover growth in retail

The retail turnover volume (excluding the trade with motor vehicles and motorcycles) increased as gross series by 7.8 percent this first half of the year compared to the same period in 2016, due to increments registered by the sale of food and automotive fuel in specialised stores, as well as the sale of non-food products, National Institute of Statistics (INS) data reveal.

According to the statistics data, as against H1 of 2016, the retail turnover volume (excluding the trade with motor vehicles and motorcycles) also increased during January – June 2017, as adjusted series according to the number of working days and to seasonality by 7.3 percent due to the increments registered by the sale of non‐food products (+11.1 percent) and by the retail of automotive fuel in specialised stores (+10.2 percent), as well by the sale of beverages and tobacco (+3.1 percent).

INS also shows that in June 2017 against June 2016, the retail turnover volume as gross series has registered an increase of 7.3 percent and 6.5 percent as adjusted series.

As against the previous month, in June 2017 the retail turnover volume (excluding the trade with motor vehicles and motorcycles), adjusted series according to the number of working days and to seasonality, globally decreased by 0.4 percent due to the drops registered by the sale of food, beverages and tobacco (-1.7 percent) and by the sale of non-food products (-0.3 percent).

The retail of automotive fuel in specialised stores increased by 1.3 percent.

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