Retail sales volume was Ft 5,643.5 billion (€22.294 billion) in 2005 at current prices, 5.6% more than in 2004, according to calendar year-adjusted figures published by the Central Statistics Office (KSH) on Thursday. Retail sales volume in December rose 4.9% year-on-year, according to calendar year-adjusted figures, and they were up 0.2% from November, according to seasonally- and working day-adjusted figures. Fourth-quarter retail turnover rose 6.2% year-on-year to Ft 1,652.2 billion. In 2004, retail sales volume rose 5.7% from the previous year.
In line with EU methodology, the figures do not include sales of vehicles, vehicle parts or fuel. Including these sales, total retail turnover rose 4.5% to Ft 7,832 billion in 2005. Sales of vehicles, vehicle parts and fuel increased 2% to Ft 2,188 billion in 2005, with vehicle and vehicle parts sales rising 1.6% to Ft 1,261.55 billion and fuel sales up 2.6% at Ft 927.189 billion.
Turnover of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) increased 4.4% in 2005. FMCG sales rose 5.3% from November to December, but increased only 0.3% according to seasonally- and calendar year-adjusted figures. Non-food sales increased 6.5% in 2005, rising 4.7% year-on-year in December, but falling 0.2% compared to November. Sales of drugs and cosmetic products saw the biggest yearly increase, rising 11.6 for the whole year and 9.6% year-on-year in December. Sales dropped a slight 0.5% from November. Retail sales of furniture, household goods and construction materials increased 6.7% in 2005, rising 5.6% year-on-year in December and up 0.5% from November. According to unadjusted figures, FMCG turnover, which accounts for 46.13% of total turnover, increased 4.6% in 2005, with sales of non-food goods increasing 6.3%. Furniture, household goods and construction material sales increased 7.1% and accounted for 23.1% of total retail turnover. Sales of drugs and cosmetic products increased 11.5% and accounted for 5% of total turnover.