Prague - Czech retail sales grew by 1.0 percent year-on-year in 2013 after a 1.1 percent drop in 2012, the growth being pulled mainly by an increase of sales in the motorist segment, the Czech Statistical Office (CSU) said today.
Nákup, vozík, potraviny, samoobsluha, supermarket, jídlo. Ilustrační foto. ČTK/AP Matthias Rietschel
In December 2013, working days adjusted retail sales rose by 3.6 percent.
Compared with the year 2012, Czechs last year spent more money mainly on purchases and repairs of motor vehicles.
In the segment of sale and repair of motor vehicles, sales increased at constant prices by 3.7 percent year-on-year; sales of motor vehicles recorded a 4.3 percent rise and repairs saw a 1.6 percent increase in sales.
In retail sale, statisticians recorded the biggest growth of 26.8 percent for sale via mail order houses or via the Internet.
In specialised stores, the biggest increase was recorded for sales of information and communication equipment, clothing and footwear, and cultural and recreation goods.
In contrast, sales of fuels, pharmaceutical, medical and cosmetic goods, and household goods decreased last year compared with 2012.
People also spent less on food whose sales dropped by 1.1 percent on the year.
The 3.6 percent growth of retail sales in December 2013 was driven by sales in the motorist segment, like the sales in the entire year. Working days adjusted sales in the segment grew by 13.5 percent on the year.
Sales of goods via mail order houses or via the Internet grew by 34.2 percent year-on-year in December, driven by pre-Christmas shopping fever.