BUSINESS IN SHORT

Retail sales post first growth since 2008

RETAIL sales in Slovakia in March grew for the first time since December 2008. According to data from the Slovak Statistics Office, retail sales in the third month were 0.2 percent higher than in the same period a year ago and reached €1.376 billion, the SITA newswire wrote.

RETAIL sales in Slovakia in March grew for the first time since December 2008. According to data from the Slovak Statistics Office, retail sales in the third month were 0.2 percent higher than in the same period a year ago and reached €1.376 billion, the SITA newswire wrote.

Behind the moderate increase was an increase in retail sales in non-specialised outlets of 8.5 percent. Other retail sectors continued posting a decline in sales. Retail sales outside outlets, kiosks and markets fell by 9.6 percent, the sale of motor fuels dropped by 8.5 percent, goods for culture and recreation by 7.7 percent, and retail sales of other goods in non-specialised outlets went down 4.8 percent.

In the January-March quarterly period, retail sales were 1.8 percent lower than a year ago, totalling €3.875 billion, SITA wrote.


Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

Railway station in Košice

Who’s the foreigner in this country now?

The virus has highlighted some differences between migrants and locals, but erased others.

16 h
Košice

News digest: Slovakia has passed the peak of the second wave, health minister says

Polish doctors will help take swabs in Slovakia this weekend. People who have had COVID can just show their positive test result.

22. jan
Rapid testing in Košice

Nationwide COVID-19 testing – and criticism – starts again

Longer ‘screening’ different to October operation.

22. jan
Ján Sýkora is an easy-going ice-hockey player who has got a great sense of humour.

Fashion brands mean nothing to me. Professional hockey player about his life in central Slovakia

In an entertaining interview, the down-to-earth ice hockey player, Ján Sýkora, talks about being a busy bee with a poor memory.

21. jan