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Retail sales rise 13% in January

Update: February, 07/2014 - 09:57

Statistics have shown that last year, the country's retail industry recorded a yearly increase of 12.6 per cent at VND2,618 trillion (US$124.66 billion).— VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Vu

HA NOI (VNS) — The nation's total revenue from retail sales and services topped VND273.49 trillion (US$13 billion) in January, a year-on-year rise of 13 per cent, the General Statistics Office (GSO) reported.

Vu Manh Ha, a senior expert at the GSO Trade Department, described it as an encouraging result compared with the average growth rate of 12 per cent in the latter half of 2013.

He also attributed the first month's retail sales growth to the rapidly rising demand for commodities during the Lunar New Year holiday.

The trade sector, which accounted for nearly 80 per cent of the total revenues, rose 10.8 per cent over the same period last year, while the services sector experienced a significant rise of 24.2 per cent.

Statistics have shown that last year, the country's retail industry recorded a yearly increase of 12.6 per cent at VND2,618 trillion (US$124.66 billion).

The revenue growth, however, was the lowest over the past four years, compared with 24.5 per cent, 14.2 per cent and 16 per cent in 2010, 2011 and 2012 respectively.

During the year, the sector with foreign investments posted the highest revenue rise of 33 per cent, following by the private sector with 15.3 per cent. Notably, the State-owned sector recorded an 8.6 per cent slump in the total retail sales. — VNS

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