Press Release 05/11/2013
Sales in the retail trade sector of the Basque Country dropped by 5.9% in the third quarter of 2013
With regards to the previous quarter, the sales index registered a nominal fall of 2.3%
The retail trade sector of the Basque Country posted a 5.9% drop in nominal sales in the third quarter of 2013 with regards to the same period of the previous year in homogenous terms of the working calendar, according to data provided by Eustat. Sales in the sector, not including service stations, were down by 6.6% in year-on-year terms.
With respect to the previous quarter, the sales index was down a nominal 2.3%, once any seasonal effects had been eliminated.
By sectors, food products registered a decrease of 4.5% in nominal sales in the third quarter of 2013, other products saw a fall of 8.3% and sales of automotive fuel were down 2.1%, all with regards to same period in 2012.
In the retail food sector, specialised trade was down by 5.2%, as non-specialised trade in mainly food products fell by 4.3%. There were decreases in all sectors of retail trade for other products. Specialised trade in household equipment fell by 9.2%, personal equipment was down by 8.1%, trade specialising in other consumer goods experienced a drop of 7.5% and non-specialised retail trade mainly in other products posted a fall of 5.5%.
By Province, the largest decrease in the third quarter of 2013 in nominal sales in the retail sector occurred in Bizkaia, with a year-on-year fall of 6.4%. Álava saw its nominal sales decrease by 6.3% and in Gipuzkoa they fell by 5.1%.
In constant prices, or prices without the price effect, sales for the retail sales sector fell by 8.5% in the third quarter, in year-on-year terms
For their part, retail trade sales, not including service stations, posted a real downturn at constant prices of 9.3% with respect to the third quarter of 2012.
The real decrease in retail food trade stood at 7.2%, in retail trade of other products this real decrease stood at 10.8% with regards to the same quarter of 2012, whilst retail automotive fuel sales were down by 1.8%.
Within retail food trade the year-on-year trend for specialised food trade was negative, with a fall of 9.4%, and non-specialised retail trade in mainly food also posted a downturn of 6.0%. For trade of other products there were also decreases in all sectors. The sector specialising in personal equipment was down by 13.5%, the sector specialising in household equipment experienced a decrease of 9.7%, the sector specialising in other consumer goods fell by 7.5% and the non-specialised sector of mainly other products dropped by 6.8%, all in real terms.
The three Provinces registered decreases in their sales in real terms: Gipuzkoa fell by 7.5%, and Bizkaia and Álava both dropped by 9.0%.
With regards to the previous quarter, there was a fall of 3.2% in real retail trade sales in the Basque Country, once seasonal effects had been eliminated. In Álava they were down by 5.1%, in Bizkaia 2.8% and in Gipuzkoa 3%.
The number of people employed in the retail trade sector in the Basque Country overall in the third quarter of 2013 was down by 1.3% on the second quarter.
For further information:
Eustat - Euskal Estatistika Erakundea / Instituto Vasco de Estadística
C/ Donostia-San Sebastián, 1 01010 Vitoria-Gasteiz
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