Ukraine retail trade increases by 5.5% in January-September

Ukraine retail trade increases by 5.5% in January-September
Ukraine’s retail sales increased by 5.5% year-on-year in real terms in January-September
By bne IntelliNews October 23, 2018

Ukraine’s retail sales increased by 5.5% year-on-year in real terms in January-September, slightly speeding up from a 5.0% y/y growth in January-August, according to the nation’s state statistics service Ukrstat.

In September alone, real retail sales picked up 6.7% y/y, but dropped 5.0% month-on-month (vs. a 7.5% y/y and 5.7% m/m rise in August).

Regionally, the highest retail growth occurred in Ukraine-controlled Luhansk and Donetsk (27.9% y/y and 13.7% y/y respectively) and Poltava 11.1% regions in January-September. It was slowest in the Kharkiv (1.0%), Chernivtsi (1.2%), and Khmelnytskiy (1.3%) regions.

Evgeniya Akhtyrko at Kyiv-based brokerage Concorde Capital believes that retail trade to accelerate through the year end, supporting economic growth. She expects real retail sales to grow 7-8% y/y in 2018.

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