August figures don’t include vehicle sales and are adjusted to seasonality and number of business days. Gross retail sales fell 12.2% year-on-year.

The volume of retail trade was pulled down by the sharp decline in fuel (-20.3%) and non-food sales (-12.8%). Sales of food, drinks and tobacco dropped 3.4% versus August 2008.

Data adjusted to seasonality and number of working days for the volume of wholesale, retail trade and vehicle repair dropped 43.8% compared to the same period of last year, amid a 54.1% slump in car sales.

Services sector adjusted to seasonality and working days decreased by 20.6% year-on-year, largely due to the slowdown of travel agencies and tour-operators’ activity.

In terms of monthly changes, volume of retail sales increased by 0.4%in August, after sales of food, drinks and tobacco rose 3.9%, while fuel sales advanced by 0.4% from July 2009. Non-food sales fell 1.1%.

Gross retail sales increased by 1.5% in the period under review.

The volume of wholesale, retail trade and vehicle repair went up 1.7% in August compared to the July this year, while services sector fell 2.4%.

Jan-Aug data show retail trade fell 10.6%.