Retail trade turnover index registered a year-on-year change rate of -14.5% in February, 3.8 percentage points below the rate observed in January.
The indices of employment, wages and salaries and hours worked adjusted of calendar effects presented year-on-year change rates of -5.4%, -5.8% and -21.1%, respectively (-4.8%, -4.2% and -13.8% in the previous month, by the same order). The year-on-year reduction in employment was the most intense since January 2013 and since May 2020 since May of the previous year, the reduction in hours worked had not been so significant.
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