Press Release 07/05/2018
Sales in the retail trade sector of the Basque Country rose by 0.8% in the first quarter of 2018
Not including petrol stations, retail trade grew 0.6% at constant prices
The retail trade sector of the Basque Country registered a 0.8% rise in sales at constant prices in the first quarter of 2018 with regards to the same period of the previous year, according to Eustat data. Sales in the sector, not including service stations, were up by 0.6% in year-on-year terms.
With respect to the previous quarter, the sales index was up 0.1% in real terms, once any seasonal effects had been eliminated.
By sector, food products registered a rise of 2.9% in sales in the first quarter of 2018, retail trade of other products registered a 1.3% drop and sales of automotive fuel was up by 2.5%, all with regards to the same period in 2017 and once the price effect had been discounted.
In the retail food sector, specialised trade was down by 4.2%, as non-specialised trade in mainly food products rose by 5.6%.
In retail trade of other products there were upward trends in trade specialising in household goods, which was up 1.8%, and trade specialising in personal equipment, which posted a rise of 0.1%, but non-specialised trade in mainly other products fell by 5.6%, and trade specialising in other consumer goods dropped by 3.5%, all at constant prices.
By province, increases in year-on-year sales were posted in all three provinces. There was a rise of 2.3% in Álava, of 0.8% in Bizkaia and 0.2% in Gipuzkoa, all in real terms. Compared to the previous quarter, they were up 1.1% in Álava, in Gipuzkoa there was an increase of 0.1%, while in Bizkaia there was a decrease of 0.2%.
The number of people employed in the retail trade sector in the Basque Country overall in the first quarter of 2018 was down 0.2% on the fourth quarter of 2017, and grew by 0.2% with respect to the same quarter of the previous year.
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