HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam’s total retail sales and services revenue reached VNĐ1,430 trillion (US$63.4 billion) in the first five months of this year, a year-on-year increase of 9.1 per cent, officials said.
If inflation is excluded, the amount marks an increase of 7.8 per cent, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).
Vũ Mạnh Hà, GSO expert, said the growth of the total retail sales and services revenue in the first five months of 2016, excluding inflation, was lower than the 8.2 per cent growth in the same period last year. This meant purchasing power was on the decline.
The reduction was due to the impact of incidents affecting accommodation, catering and tourism services and of the mass fish deaths along Việt Nam’s central coastal provinces.
The spending power of those offering such services in the coastal provinces fell strongly as they had to cancel their beach tours.
Meanwhile, the purchasing power of goods retailers witnessed high growth of 9.5 per cent in the first five months, amounting to VNĐ1,920 trillion ($48.5 billion), accounting for two-thirds of the total retail sales and services revenue.
Retailers of rice and foodstuff saw growth of 13.6 per cent; garment retailers, 10.9 per cent; and home appliance retailers, 9.6 per cent.
Hà said the total retail sales and services revenue next month would increase further due to high demand for house construction and repairs and recovering demand for beach tours.
GSO director Nguyễn Bích Lâm said purchasing power this year was expected to have a lower growth rate than last year because of the stability in prices, high supply and stable demand for most essential goods.
Spending on some services, including accommodation, catering, tourism and entertainment, will not have a high growth rate as it did previously, Lâm said, because the people were worried about food safety and environmental pollution affecting the quality of the food. They tend to eat mostly home-cooked meals now and control their spending on entertainment and tourism services to save money.
Source: Vietnam News
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