Retail sales decreased, but supermarkets have the lowest contraction

Commerce’s Monthly Survey shows a 6.1% fall in the whole retail sector, between November and December. Supermarket sector registered – 0.3%

According to the Commerce’s Monthly Survey, adding the sales from all retail sectors, it has decreased between November and December 2020. The good news is that the sales volume of the Brazilian retail commerce sector increased 1.2% in 2020. However, a study carried out by the IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics), shows a drop of 6.1% in the studied activities that are part of the sector.

The most impacted by the fall in sales were retail companies of personal and household use, and textile, clothing and footwear, with more than 13% of decrease in sales in December, when compared to November. In third place comes retailers of office and computer equipment and materials, and communication, with -6.8%.

On the opposite side of this ranking are hypermarkets and supermarkets, which registered the lowest contraction index among the Brazilian retail sector. According to the IBGE’s survey, the decrease in these companies’ sales, between November and December 2020, was no more than 0.3%.

On the other hand, the Getnet Brazilian Retail Sales Index (iGet), developed by Santander’s Economic Department, in collaboration with Getnet, presents another scenario among Brazilian states regarding the retail segment for 2020. The study shows that in January 2021, all Brazilian states had a fall in sales, with northern and northeastern regions standing out.

Comparing December 2020 to December 2019, the sales volume in the sector increased 1.2%, while the nominal revenue was 9.2% higher. Considering the whole year of 2020, the segment with the highest increase in sales was the supermarket, food, and beverage and cigarette segment, with 4.8% more.