Updates: 07.04.2021 09:32
Released: 07.04.2021, 09:25
Prague – Retail sales excluding car sales fell by three percent year on year in February. The decline was recorded in all types of stone shops, which were significantly affected by anti-epidemic measures. Most non-food stores could not sell at all or to a limited extent. As in recent months, however, Internet sales grew. E-shops recorded almost 42 percent higher sales year-on-year. This follows from data published today by the Czech Statistical Institute (CSO).
Last February, no sales restrictions applied. “On the contrary, households were pre-supplied with certain types of durable food and basic hygiene needs,” said Marie Boušková, director of the CZSO services statistics department. Sales of clothing and footwear stores fell by 69 percent in February this year compared to last year, retailers of sports equipment earned 36.5 percent less and stores with household products fell by 15.5 percent.
Sales in specialized food stores were lower by 12.3 percent and in non-specialized stores with food predominance by 2.6 percent.