In March, seasonally adjusted sales in retail trade except of automotive segment dropped by 0.6%, month-on-month, at constant prices, and in the year-on-year comparison, sales increased by 0.7%. Seasonally non adjusted sales dropped by 2.1% after 51 months of incessant growth. The y-o-y sales decrease was recorded in the sale of food, beverages and tobacco and also in the non-food goods sale. Seasonally adjusted sales in automotive segment dropped by 2.2%, m-o-m, at constant prices, in the year-on-year comparison by 0.1% and not seasonally adjusted by 4.4%. Seasonally adjusted sales in hotels and restaurants decreased, m-o-m, by 0.5% and not seasonally adjusted dropped by 3.4%, year-on-year.
CSU Statistics Office
The figures were definitely influenced by seasonal factors and the fact there were two less working days. Overall, however, when adjusted to take allowance of this there is still clearly a deceleration trend.