Slovakia retail sales growth eases, jobless rate falls

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Slovakia's retail sales increased 1.5% year-on-year in July, after a 6.6% rise in June, figures from the Slovak Statistical Office (SÚSR) showed on Friday.

Sales of automotive fuels increased 10.0% yearly in July. Sales of not stores, stalls or markets, and non-specialized stores grew by 13.9% and 1%, respectively.

Meanwhile, sales in specialized stores declined 11.2%. On a monthly basis, retail sales rose 1.2% in July.

Separate data from the Bratislava-based statistical office showed that the jobless rate declined 6.9% in the second quarter from 7.1% in the previous quarter. The number of unemployed persons decreased to 188,900 in the second quarter from 190,300 in the previous quarter. 

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