In April, sales in retail trade including automotive segment after seasonal, calendar and working day adjustment increased at constant prices by 0.3%, month-on-month. Only working and calendar days adjusted sales increased by 4.6%, year-on-year. Y-o-y increase of non-adjusted sales by 2.7% was contributed to mainly by sale of motor vehicles and motorcycles and by retail sale in non-specialised stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating.
After seasonal adjustment sales in retail trade including sale and repair of motor vehicles increased in April by 0.3%, at constant prices, m-o-m; only working and calendar days adjusted increased by 4.6%, year-on-year. The y-o-y growth of non-adjusted sales by 2.7% was influenced (with a lower number of working days in April 2011 than in 2010 by 1 day) mainly by increase of sale of motor vehicles (+1.7 p.p.), food (+1.1 p.p.), and non-food goods (+0.5 p.p.), while the opposite effect came from sale of automotive fuel (-0.4 p.p.); see Table 2.
Seasonally adjusted sales in sale and repair of motor vehicles decreased by 1.4% at constant prices, m-o-m, and in the year-on-year comparison, adjusted for working days, they increased by 8.1%. Non-adjusted sales increased by 4.8%, y-o-y; sales for sale of motor vehicles and motorcycles (including spare parts) increased by 6.2% and sales for maintenance and repair of motor vehicles decreased by 3.6%. Increased sales were recorded especially by sellers of trucks and utility cars.
In retail sale including sale of automotive fuel seasonally adjusted sales at constant prices increased by 1.0%, m-o-m; working days adjusted increased by 3.0%, y-o-y. Seasonally non-adjusted sales increased by 1.8%, y-o-y, especially thanks to higher sale of food by 4.6% and non-food goods by 1.6%; on the contrary, decreasing sale of automotive fuel continued (-4.0%).
The already-mentioned total growth of food sales was completely owed to non-specialised stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating (+5.0%). The development in this assortment group is determined mainly by sales of enterprises with 100+ employees, which reported growth by 6.7% and make about a third of total retail sales. Sales growth was recorded also in retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet (+9.5%), retail sale of information and communication equipment in specialised stores (+7.5%), retail sale of clothing, footwear and leather goods in specialised stores (+5.4%), retail sale of cultural and recreation goods in specialised stores (+4.8%), and retail sale of second-hand goods in stores (+4.4%). On the contrary, besides automotive fuel, sales decreased also in retail sale via stalls and markets (-12.1%), in non-specialised stores with non-food goods predominating (-1.5%), in retail sale of other household equipment in specialised stores (-0.6%), food in specialised stores, and dispensing chemist, medical and orthopaedic goods, cosmetic and toilet articles in specialised stores (both the same -0.2%).
The price deflator related to the corresponding period of the previous year was 102.2%; it was influenced by continuing significant price increase of automotive fuel (+11.9%). Smaller price increase was reported for prices of goods sold in non-specialised stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating (+3.4%) and for food in specialised stores (+2.2%). The deepest price falls were in information and communication equipment (-9.4%) and textiles, footwear, and other household equipment in specialised stores (all -1.8%).