Retail trade enterprise turnover rose overall by 4 percent at constant prices to July 2020, state agency Statistics Estonia reports. Turnover stood at €680 million in July, though some sectors saw a fall.
Jaanika Tiigiste, leading analyst at Statistics Estonia, said the early summer months had a positive effect on store turnover of manufactured goods, which rose by 7 percent on year.
"Turnover increased the most - by a fifth - in other specialised stores predominantly selling computers and their accessories, books, sports equipment, games, toys, flowers, plants."
Compared with June 2020, retail trade enterprises' turnover rose by 1 percent in July, though actually fell by 1 percent when seasonally and working-day adjusted data is taken into account, the agency says.
January to July saw a 2 percent rise in retail trade enterprise turnover on year.
Breakdown: Online, market stall, pharmacy sales rise, clothes and department store sales fall
- Stores selling via mail order or online saw a 7 percent rise on year, with increased popularity related to the coronavirus pandemic restrictions.
- Second-hand goods and non-store retail sales (stalls, markets, direct sale) rose by 7 percent.
- Pharmacies and stores selling cosmetics experienced a 6 percent turnover rise.
- Household goods and appliances, hardware and building materials outlets' sales rose 5 percent.
- Grocery stores and enterprises selling automotive fuel enjoyed a 1 percent rise in sales on year.
- Textiles, clothing and footwear stores' sales fell 6 percent on year.
- Other non-specialised stores selling primarily manufactured goods, mainly department stores, saw a 2 percent drop in turnover.
Shopping malls in Estonia were closed during the emergency situation which ran from March to May, save for some essential stores.
Editor: Andrew Whyte