Retail turnover increased by 6% YoY in November 2020, state agency Statistics Estonia reported.
Statistics Estonia said retail trade turnover stood at EUR 655 million in November 2020.
Turnover for stores selling predominantly computers and their accessories, books, sports equipment, games, toys and other specialized stores saw the highest rise in for any sector – at 29%.
Turnover for stores selling manufactured goods also saw a strong performance, with a rise of 13%.
Jaanika Tiigiste, Statistics Estonia analyst, said: “Turnover rose by 27% in stores selling via mail order or the Internet, by 14% in stores selling household goods and appliances, hardware and building materials, by 8% in pharmacies and stores selling cosmetics and by 5 % in stores selling second-hand goods and in non-store retail sale (stalls, markets, direct sale).”
Turnover fell by 13% in stores selling textiles, clothing and footwear and by 6% in other non-specialized stores selling predominantly manufactured goods (department stores).
In comparison with November 2019, turnover for grocery stores increased by 2%, while for enterprises engaged in the retail sale of automotive fuel fell by 3%.
The figures on month actually saw a fall, with retail trade enterprise turnover decreasing by 2% between October and November 2020, though rose by 1% when adjusted seasonally.
In January-November 2020, retail trade enterprise turnover rose by 3% YoY, despite the pandemic. (ERR/Business World Magazine)