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Retail sales in Hungary fell by an annual 2.4 percent in October as vehicle fuel and non-food sales dropped, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said on Thursday.

Adjusted for calendar year effects, retail sales declined by 1.9 percent. Adjusted food sales rose 1.2 percent, while non-food sales dropped by 1.2 percent and vehicle fuel sales fell by 10.5 percent.

ING Bank chief analyst Péter Virovácz said October retail sales were “well under the market consensus”, adding that uncertainty and the worsening situation on the labour market could make households more likely to save, as a precaution, and less likely to spend.

Employment Down by 0.8% in August-October
Employment Down by 0.8% in August-October

The three-month rolling employment figure in August-October was down 0.8 percent at 4,482,000 from the same period a year earlier, the Central Statistical Office (KSH) said on Friday. In the 15-64 age group, 4,402,000 were considered employed, an employment rate of 70.2 percent. In October, the average monthly number of employees was 4,451,000, 31,000 less […]Continue reading

Erste Bank senior analyst Orsolya Nyeste said the data were worse than expected and are evidence of the unfavourable outlook for the labour market and household income because of the second wave of the pandemic.

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