Trade is the resale of purchased goods without conversion, an activity that links production to consumption. Trade in goods contributes to the efficient functioning of the national economy, the efficient use of resources, and the return on investment. During buying and selling, the goods purchased from producers are stored, stocked and then sold to users. Statistics on internal trading establishments include the number of internal trading establishments operating in Hungary. Another area of internal trade statistics shows the following: domestic retail sales and volume changes in domestic retail sales.
Share of trade and motor vehicle repair in gross value added
Internal trade and repair of motor vehicles as a share of gross value added at basic prices of the national economy in a given year, calculated at current prices.
By the end of the first half of 2022, the number of retail shops operating in Hungary (excluding motor vehicle and vehicle parts shops) fell below 110,000, of which 35,000 were operating as independent businesses. The number of specialised and non-specialised food shops was 3.8% lower than a year earlier, while the number of non-food retail shops decreased by 3.1%.
It is exceptionally important to us to provide more up-to-date information on the social and economic developments in our country, in addition to our regular and detailed publications. Our WEEKLY MONITOR provides insights into trends in key areas through weekly, monthly and quarterly data from our interactive chart collection. Most WEEKLY MONITOR charts can also be downloaded in image and data formats (PNG, SVG and CSV).
The economic performance of Hungary surpassed in the 1st semester of 2022 the one year earlier level by 7.3%. Consumer prices year-on-year increase in the first seven months was 10%, producer prices, characteristically, grew at a several times faster pace. Compared to the high base caused by the pandemic, the number of deaths decreased by 14%, the natural decrease of the population in January-June 2022 amounted to 27 thousand people, 26% fewer year-on-year.
In September 2022, the volume of retail trade in both raw and calendar-adjusted data was 3.0% higher than in the same month of the previous year. In September, calendar-adjusted sales volumes decreased by 2.8% in specialised and non-specialised food shops and rose by 2.7% in non-food retailing and by 18.6% in automotive fuel retailing. In January–September 2022, the volume of sales – also according to calendar adjusted data – was 7.8% higher than in the corresponding period of the previous year.
The approximately 500 tables, graphs and maps and tens of thousands of data the Statistical Yearbook of Hungary contains give, for almost one and a half century, an overview of the social and economic processes of the country in the given year. Besides paying attention to the ever changing socio-economic environment and user demands we always strive to share new information: the health chapter broadened this year with indices regarding outpatient care, time series of healthcare expenses, life expectancy in good health and the number of Covid19 infected people.
Datasets from the Dissemination Database regarding settlements and Budapest’s districts have been updated with 2021 data, as such settlement and district related data for 2021 are available since 31 August, concerning data on national tobacco shops.
2021 was the recovery year from the COVID-19 pandemic, the economy restarted, its performance –following the 2020 setback – surpassed the previous year’s by 7.1%. The pocketbook, published every spring, offers through its tables an insight into the 2021 developments of Hungary’s social, economic processes.
Our publication, also highlighting the main effects of the pandemic, gives an overview of the social and economic trends in Hungary in 2020, including a 5% drop in GDP, putting us in the middle of the EU ranking, taking into use 28,000 new homes, the highest number since 2009, a nearly threefold increase in the share of people working remotely or from home as compared to the average for the past 10 years, a 42% increase in the value of mail order and internet retailing, and fewer accidents on the roads.