According to Statistics Estonia, in March 2010 compared to March of the previous year the retail sales of goods of retail trade enterprises decreased 9% at constant prices. Since the beginning of the year the decrease in retail sales has been relatively stable compared to the same month of the previous year.
In January the retail sales of goods decreased 11% and in February 10% compared to the same month a year ago. In March, the retail sales of goods of retail trade enterprises were 4.3 billion kroons. Compared to March 2009, the retail sales of goods increased in three economic activities: the retail sales of food, beverages and tobacco in specialized stores (44%), the retail sales of second-hand goods in stores (11%) and in stores selling pharmaceutical goods and cosmetics (5%).
The very low reference base in 2009 contributed to the sales growth of the retail sales of foods, beverages and tobacco in specialized stores. The sales increase in these stores does not significantly influence the retail sales of goods of retail trade enterprises, because the share of this economic activity is very small, 2% in March 2010. The decrease in retail sales of goods was most influenced by the stores selling manufactured goods, where the retail sales decreased by 15% compared to March 2009.