Retail trade turnover index registered a year-on-year change rate of -4.5% in December, 0.8 percentage points higher than the rate observed in November. In the 4th quarter of 2020 the year-on-year change rate was -3.4% (-2.1% in the 3rd quarter). The negative variation in the 4th quarter was due exclusively to the strong reduction of 7.9% in the retail trade of non-food products, as the trade in food products increased 2.3%. The annual change rate of the retail trade turnover index stood at -4.1% (4.3% in 2019).
The indices of employment, wages and salaries and hours worked adjusted of calendar effects presented year-on-year change rates of -4.6%, -4.1% and -6.7%, respectively (-4.2%, 2.0% and -5.8% in the previous month, by the same order).
In terms of annual average, in 2020 the change in employment, wages and salaries and hours worked (gross data) was respectively 2.4%, 0.9% and -8.1% (2.4%, 5.1% and 1.8% in 2019).
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