The retail companies in the fifth month of 2020 had a real turnover of 3,8 percent and a nominal 4,6 percent more than in the same month of the previous year, the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) announced on Wednesday. May 2019 even had one more sales day with 25 sales days.
Calendar and seasonally adjusted, sales in May 2020 were 2020 percent higher in real terms and 13,9 percent in nominal terms compared to April 13,4. This enabled retailers to make up for the corona-related sales losses of the previous months. At the same time, this was the strongest increase in sales compared to the previous month since the start of the time series in 1994. The reasons for this are the business closings by mid-April 2020 and the subsequent easing. In April sales were down 6,5 percent in real terms and 6,2 percent in nominal terms compared to the previous month. The retail trade in food, beverages and tobacco in May 2020 saw real sales up 4,9 percent and nominally 8,4 percent more than in May 2019. The turnover in supermarkets, hypermarkets and hypermarkets was 6,4 percent and nominal in real terms 9,9 percent above the previous month. By contrast, specialist retailers with groceries in real sales were down 6,6 percent and nominally 3,0 percent less. In the non-food retail sector, sales rose in May 2020 by 3,5 percent in real terms and in nominal terms by 3,3 percent compared to the same month in the previous year. The largest increase in sales compared to the same month in the previous year was achieved in real terms by 28,7 percent and 28,8 percent nominally in the Internet and mail order business. Rates of change of this magnitude are unusual even in this very dynamic industry and are therefore to a large extent due to a special influence of the corona pandemic, according to the statisticians. Trade in furnishings, household appliances and building supplies also increased significantly with a real plus of 8,6 percent. By contrast, the trade in textiles, clothing, shoes and leather goods and the retail sale of goods of various types (for example department stores and department stores) have not yet returned to the previous year's level with real -22,6 percent and -8,3 percent compared to the same month of the previous year.