Preliminary figures suggest that Bulgarians have upped their spending on clothes and shoes, and even food, drink and tobacco, but are cutting back on computers and telecommunications.
Retail trade turnover in Bulgaria was 4.9 per cent higher in August 2013 than in August 2012, with the textile and clothing sector showing the strongest improvement, at 22.5 per cent.
This is according to figures released by Bulgaria’s National Statistical Institute on October 8.
The only sector, as defined by the NSI, to see a decline was in retail sales of computers, software and telecommunications equipment, 5.4 per cent lower in August 2013 than in the same month a year earlier.
Retail sales of food, beverages and tobacco were up 10.9 per cent in August year-on-year, the “dispensing chemist; retail sale of medical and orthopaedic goods, cosmetic and toilet articles” by 3.2 per cent and in the “retail sale of audio and video equipment; hardware, paints and glass; electrical household appliances’ by 3.1 per cent year-on-year.
The NSI said that in August 2013, turnover in retail trade was higher in almost all sectors compared with July 2013.
The two sectors that saw decreases, month-on-month, were in sales of computers, software and telecommunications equipment, and in retail sales via mail order houses or the internet.