Albania’s retail sales index increased by 11.3% y/y in Q2 2013, slowing down from a 13.7% y/y rise in the previous quarter, the state statistics institute, INSTAT, informed.
Food, beverages and tobacco sales in non-specialized stores increased by 11% y/y and sales in other non-specialized stores surged by 41.2% y/y. Sales of household equipment advanced by 16.8% y/y in Q2, faster than 7.2% y/y in the previous quarter. Sales of clothing and footwear also registered an annual increase in the observed period.
On the other hand, sales of book, newspaper and stationery stores decreased by 7.8% y/y. Retail sales of food, beverages, tobacco in specialized stores registered 4.9% y/y decrease as well. Turnover in pharmaceuticals stores stagnated in Q2 2013.
The index of trade and maintenance of motor vehicles increased by 13.9% y/y, reflecting a 13.7% y/y growth in fuel sales.
In quarterly terms, Albania’s Q2 retail sales increased by 7.5%, following a 16.4% drop in Jan-March.
|Retail trade, volume index|
|II.12||III.12||IV.12||I.13||II.13||% y/y||% q/q|
|Non-specialized food stores||116.7||177.4||230.1||119.4||129.6||11.0||8.5|
|Other non-specialized stores||146.1||196.0||207.7||157.6||206.3||41.2||30.9|
|Food, beverages, tobacco in specialized stores||121.6||121.9||125.8||149.4||115.6||-4.9||-22.6|
|Clothing, footwear, leather goods||185.4||161.9||176.4||233.5||202.3||9.1||-13.3|
|Books, newspapers, stationery||153.1||155.8||159.7||130.6||141.1||-7.8||8.1|
|Sale and maintenance of motor vehicles||200.3||250.7||236.2||206.6||226.6||13.2||9.7|
|Retail sale of automotive fuel||178.8||235.8||217.2||185.6||203.3||13.7||9.6|
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