Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI - The total revenue from retail trade and services topped US$118.4 billion during the first nine months of this year, surging 9.5 per cent year-on-year, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).
Excluding inflation, the increase would be 7 per cent, lower than the 9.2 per cent seen in the same period last year, GSO said.
GSO statisticians blamed the slow growth of retail trade in the period for the fact that local consumers have curbed their spending due to price fluctuations in the consumer market and other services such petroleum, health-care and school fees.
Retail sales of goods, which accounted for more than three fourths of the total sales, reached $90.2 billion from January to September, up 9.7 per cent against last year’s corresponding period with several sectors recording a positive revenue increase including food and foodstuffs (up 13.2 per cent); home appliances (up 10.1 per cent) and textile and garments (up 9.5 per cent) and transport services (up 7.6 per cent).
Meanwhile, retail sales in accommodation, restaurant and catering services, which accounted for 10 per cent of the total, posted a revenue of $13.64 billion, a yearly rise of 8.3 per cent.
Some localities recording an encouraging retail revenue growth included Bắc Giang, Lang Sơn and Hà Nội while several others witnessed a sale reduction such as Hòa Bình, Hà Tĩnh, Phú Thọ, Nghệ An and Lai Châu.
The country’s retail turnover is expected to rise to $179 billion by 2020, the Association of Việt Nam Retailers (AVR) has forecast.
According to AVR, the sector’s huge potential has attracted a lot of local and foreign investors, especially in HCM City, the country’s economic hub. -VNS