Retail sales rebound as pandemic restrictions ease

Retail sales in Hungary rose by an annual 9.9 percent in April, climbing for the first time since last summer as pandemic restrictions were eased, data released by the Central Statistical Office (KSH) on Friday show.

Non-essential shops re-opened early in April after Hungary inoculated one-quarter of its population against the coronavirus.

Adjusted for calendar year effects, retail sales rose by 10.6 percent. Food sales increased by 3.3 percent, non-food sales jumped 21.3 percent and vehicle fuel sales — boosted by higher petrol prices — climbed 19.2 percent.

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