In March 2020, the turnover of Austrian retail trade decreased by 12.9% in nominal terms and by 13.7% in real terms compared to March 2019, according to preliminary calculations by Statistics Austria.
The main reason for this decline is the closure of a large part of the shops due to measures to contain the corona pandemic. In the non-food sector, which was particularly affected, the minus was 29.0% (nominal).
In the first quarter of 2020, turnover decreased by 1.5% in nominal terms and sales decreased by 2.7%.
Results were calculated by Statistics Austria, Short Term Statistics Trade.