Retail sales 17% down in May: Turkey

Though retail sales shrank, online sales soared

Retail sales with constant prices  decreased by 16.7% in May 2020 compared with the same month of previous year, according to Turkish Statistical Insitute (TÜİK). In the same month non-food (except automotive fuel) sales decreased by 25.5%, automotive fuel sales decreased by 22.6%, food, drinks and tobacco sales increased by 3.0%, said TÜİK.

Internet sales soared

The volume of textile, clothing, and footwear sales fell the most among non-food items with 58.9% on an annual basis, emphasized Anadolu Agency.

It was followed by computers, books and telecommunication equipment sales, down 28.4% and medical goods and cosmetic sales, down 10.9% compared to May 2019.

TÜİK noted that sales by mail order and the Internet soared 106.4% as compared to May 2019.  Meanwhile, the retail sales volume with constant prices rose 3.8% in May compared with April 2020.

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