Albania’s retail sales growth eases to 2.8% y/y in Q3 2013.

By bne IntelliNews January 3, 2014

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
Retail trade  179.0 201.4 168.3 172.9 184.1 2.8 6.5
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
Pharmaceuticals  328.2 347.9 374.7 347.8 386.6 17.8 11.2
Clothing, footwear, leather goods  161.9 176.4 233.5 202.3 233.0 43.9 15.2
Household equipment  198.8 224.0 168.9 211.8 219.6 10.5 3.7
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
Source:  INSTAT

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