Press Release 06/05/2016
Nominal sales in the retail trade sector of the Basque Country rose by 1.9% in the first quarter of 2016
Not including petrol stations, retail trade grew 3.3% in nominal terms
The retail trade sector of the Basque Country registered a 1.9% rise in nominal sales in the first quarter of 2016 with regards to the same period of the previous year, according to data provided by Eustat. Sales in the sector, not including service stations, were up by 3.3% in year-on-year terms.
With respect to the previous quarter, the sales index was up a nominal 0.2%, once any seasonal effects had been eliminated.
By sector, food products registered a rise of 4.7% in sales in the first quarter of 2016, retail trade of other products saw a rise of 2.3% and sales of automotive fuel dropped by 13.2%, all with regards to the same period in 2015 and in nominal terms.
In the retail food sector, specialised trade was up by 0.3%, as non-specialised trade in mainly food products rose by 7.0%. In retail trade of other products there were rises and falls in all the sectors that were taken into account. Trade specialising in household equipment was up 5.5%, trade sector specialising in personal equipment grew 4.3%, whereas non-specialised trade in other products fell by 5.2% and specialised trade in other consumer goods was also down 0.4%.
By province, Bizkaia saw a nominal increase of 3.3%, in Gipuzkoa the fall was 0.7%, whereas in Álava there was a drop of 0.5%, with respect to the same quarter of the previous year.
In constant prices, retail trade sales rose by 1.9% in the first quarter of 2016
For their part, retail trade sales, not including service stations, posted a real upturn at constant prices of 1.9% with respect to the same quarter of the previous year.
Compared to the fourth quarter of 2015, in the first quarter of 2016 there was an increase of 0.6% in real retail trade sales in the Basque Country, once seasonal effects had been eliminated.
There was a real increase in retail food trade of 3.3%, whereas in retail trade of other products there was a real increase of 0.9% with regards to the same quarter of 2015, and retail automotive fuel sales were down by 0.2%.
Within retail food trade the year-on-year evolution for specialised food trade was negative, with a fall of 2.3%, with non-specialised retail trade in food posting an upturn of 6.0%. In sales of other products, there were upturns in all sectors except non-specialised trade of mainly other products, which was down by 4.9%. Trade specialising in household goods grew 5.7%, trade specialising in other consumer goods was up 1.4%, and trade specialising in personal equipment increased by 0.8%.
The three Provinces registered increases in their sales in real terms: Bizkaia rose by 2.2%, Álava was up by 1.7% and Gipuzkoa increased by 1.5%, with respect to the same quarter of the previous year.
The number of people employed in the retail trade sector in the Basque Country overall in the first quarter of 2016 was up 0.3% on the fourth quarter of 2015, and grew by 1.0% with respect to the same quarter of the previous year.
For further information:
Eustat - Euskal Estatistika Erakundea / Instituto Vasco de Estadística
C/ Donostia-San Sebastián, 1 01010 Vitoria-Gasteiz
Press Service: email@example.com Tlf: 945 01 75 62
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