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Alta was pulled back to school, with a 15% increase in the stationery segment; result leaves the sector at the same level as in September last year

BRUNO ROCHA / PHOTOARENA / ESTADÃO CONTENTRetail registers 0.6% increase after three months without positive results

As retail sales grew 0.6% in February compared to January, ending the three-month sequence without growth, according to data from the Monthly Trade Survey (PMC), released this Tuesday, 13, by Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE). The result leaves the sector at the same level as in September 2020, with a drop of 3.8% in comparison with the same month last year. The data show the retail recovery after falling 0.2% in January and 6.1% in December 2020. In November, the sector did not change. The February increase was driven by the return to school and the closing of extraordinary accounts traditionally paid in the first month of the year, such as IPTU and IPVA. “We have the return of the monthly budget of the families to a greater normality and the return of the students to the schools, heating up the purchases of school material. So, even with the cancellation of the carnival, which impacts, for example, lower sales of alcoholic beverages in supermarkets, we had a positive variation this month ”, says the research manager, Cristiano Santos.

Four of the eight activities surveyed by IBGE had positive results. The highlight was the sector of books, newspapers, magazines and stationery, with an increase of 15.4% in comparison with January. Sales of furniture, furniture and household appliances (9.3%), fabrics, clothing and footwear (7.8%) and hypermarkets, supermarkets, food products, beverages and tobacco (0.8%) complete the month’s advances. On the other hand, there were decreases in the sectors of other articles for personal and domestic use (-0.5%), fuels and lubricants (-0.4%), office and computer equipment and material (-0.4%) ) and pharmaceutical, medical, orthopedic, perfumery and cosmetics articles (-0.2%). In the accumulated result for January and February this year, in the comparison with the first two months of 2020, the sector registered a decrease of 2.1%.

In the extended retail trade, which includes automotive activities and construction material, growth was 4.1% in February, after two months of decline. The positive result was led by the 8.8% increase in the sale of vehicles, motorcycles, parts and pieces, in addition to the 2% increase in items related to construction and renovations. “Building material is an activity that has grown a lot, both because people, spending more time indoors, end up seeing the need to make improvements in their homes, as well as the fact that major works are also being taken over by construction companies,” he says. Santos. Despite the increase, expanded retail still fell by 1.9% in comparison with February 2020 and closed the first two months with a decrease of 2.5% compared to the first two months of 2020.

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