Albania’s retail sales index increased by 2.8% y/y in Q3 2013, slowing down from a 6.4% y/y rise in the previous quarter, the state statistics institute, INSTAT, informed.
Food, beverages and tobacco sales in non-specialized stores increased by 4.8% y/y and sales in other non-specialized stores advanced by 4.9% y/y. Sales of household equipment picked up by 10.5% y/y in Q3. Turnover in pharmaceutical stores grew by 17.8% y/y in Q3 2013. Sales of clothing and footwear also registered an annual increase in the observed period.
On the other hand, sales in non-specialized food stores shrank by 28.3% y/y in the period and sales of book, newspaper and stationery stores edged down by 1.2% y/y.
The index of trade and maintenance of motor vehicles decreased by 5.3% y/y, reflecting a 8.1% y/y growth in fuel sales.
In quarterly terms, Albania’s Q3 retail sales increased by 6.5%, following a 2.7% q/q rise in Q2.
|Retail trade, volume index|
|III.12||IV.12||I.13||II.13||III.13||% y/y||% q/q|
|Non-specialized food stores||177.4||230.1||119.4||129.6||127.3||-28.3||-1.8|
|Other non-specialized stores||196.0||207.7||157.6||206.3||205.6||4.9||-0.4|
|Food, beverages, tobacco in specialized stores||121.9||125.8||149.4||115.6||127.8||4.8||10.5|
|Clothing, footwear, leather goods||161.9||176.4||233.5||202.3||233.0||43.9||15.2|
|Books, newspapers, stationery||155.8||159.7||130.6||141.1||153.9||-1.2||9.1|
|Sale and maintenance of motor vehicles||250.7||236.2||206.6||226.6||237.4||-5.3||4.8|
|Retail sale of automotive fuel||235.8||217.2||185.6||203.3||216.7||-8.1||6.6|
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