Ljubljana – The Covid-19 lockdown that started in March last year and that has persisted in various forms had a significant impact on the volume of sales in the services sector and retail in 2020, as it was down by a combined 9.6% compared to the year before.
The drop in the services was 11.6% compared to 2019, while it was smaller, 6.2%, in retail, the Statistics Office reported on Friday.
The volume of sales decreased in all groups of the services sector, the most in hospitality (37.7%), followed by other miscellaneous activities (-24.7%), real estate agency (-12.9) and transport and warehousing (-8.8%).
In December 2020 alone, the volume of sales in the services sector and retail was down by a combined 1.7% compared to the month before despite some of the lockdown measures being relaxed. It was the third monthly decline in a row.
The drop was greater in the services sector (-1.6%) than in retail (-0.4%).
Year-on-year, sales in December dropped by a combined 12.1%, or by 12.8% in the services sector, and by 11% in retail, the Statistics Office said.