Spain Retail April 2020


Spain: Retail sales crash at sharpest pace on record in April

May 28, 2020

Retail sales nosedived 31.5% year-on-year in April (March: -14.5% yoy) as stores were shut closed due to the nationwide lockdown. April's result marked another record-breaking drop, after March had already posted the steepest fall on record.

Looking at the details of the release, April's plunge was largely driven by a collapse in purchases at small chain stores. Furthermore, sales also plummeted at both single retail and department stores.

On a monthly, seasonally-and-working-day adjusted basis, retail sales declined 20.4% in April, following March’s 15.5% slump. The reading marked the worst result on record. Meanwhile, the trend pointed down, with the annual average variation of retail sales coming in at minus 1.3%, down from March's plus 1.4%.

FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists see private consumption falling 8.7% in 2020, which is down 5.8 percentage points from last month’s forecast, and expanding 5.8% in 2021.

Author:, Economist

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Spain Retail April 20 20

Note: Year-on-year and annual average variation of retail sales.
Source: National Statistical Institute (INE) and FocusEconomics calculations.

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