Press release 29/01/2019
LARGE STORES AND FOOD CHAINS TRADE INDEX OF THE BASQUE COUNTRY, DECEMBER 2018
Sales in large stores and food chains in the Basque Country rose by 1.5% in December 2018
The balance for 2018 closed with 1.7% growth
Sales at large stores and food chains in the Basque Country in December 2018 experienced a year-on-year upturn at constant prices of 1.5% in homogenous terms of the working calendar, according to Eustat data. Compared to November, sales remained unchanged (0.0%) in deseasonalised terms.
Sales of food products at large stores and food chains reflected a rise of 2.4%, and sales corresponding to other items experienced a downturn of 0.2%.
There were rises and falls in the provinces: Álava saw a fall of 0.3%, whereas in Bizkaia there was a rise of 1.1% and in Gipuzkoa sales were up 2.9%.
In the accumulated total for the year, sales in large stores and food chains in the Basque Country were up 1.7% with respect to the same period of the previous year, in homogeneous terms of the working calendar and at constant prices. In this period, food sales saw a 2.1% upturn overall and other products saw an increase of 0.9%.
By province, in Gipuzkoa sales over the year as a whole rose by 2.6% at constant prices and with respect to the previous year; they were also up by 1.7% in Bizkaia, however in Álava a 0.5% fall was recorded.
The number of individuals employed in large stores and food chains in the Basque Country rose by 3.3% in 2018 compared to the previous year.
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