ArmInfo. In Jan-Sept 2016 versus Jan-Sept 2015, the revenues from the trade sector dropped by 0.1% (versus 5.6% decline a year before) to 1.5 trillion AMD ($3.2 bln), including 194.3 bln AMD ($409.8 mln) in September alone, with a 1.4% rise versus Aug 2016.
The improvement of the year-over-year dynamics was due to the positive dynamics of wholesale trade and car trade amid the slackening of the retail trade decline. In particular, in Jan-Sept 2016, the wholesale trade grew by 2.7% y-o-y to 641.8 bln AMD ($1.3 bln) versus 1.9% decline a year before.
In Jan-Sept 2016, the purchase and sale of cars dynamics sharply improved to 20.4% growth versus the previous 8.6% drop, and the purchase and sale totaled 62.4 bln AMD ($129.7 mln). In September alone, wholesale trade rose by 0.4% to 107.5 bln AMD, retail trade - by 2.8% to 77.5 bln AMD, and the car trade - by 2.5% to 9.3 bln AMD.
According to the National Statistical Service of Armenia, in Jan-Sept 2016 versus Jan-Sept 2015 retail trade fell by 3.4% (versus 7.6% decline a year before) to 858.7 bln AMD ($1.7 bln). In the structure of retail trade, the share of stores (including supermarkets) was the biggest - 662.5 bln AMD, or 77.1% (2% year-over-year growth). The share of other trade outlets was 109.1 bln AMD or 12.7% (27.1% y-o-y decline); the share of consumer markets was 53.7 bln AMD or 6.3% (1.6% y-o-y decline); the share of stalls was 20.3 bln AMD or 2.4% (4.4% y-o-y decline), and the share of farm markets made up 13.1 bln AMD or 1.5% (5.6% y-o-y decline).
In the structure of total trade turnover of Armenia, retail trade made up 54.9%, wholesale trade - 41.1%, and the purchase and sale of cars made up 4%.
In September 2016, the average AMD/USD exchange rate was 474.10 AMD/$1, and in Jan-Sept 2016 - 481.03 AMD/$1 versus 481.07 AMD/$1 in Sept 2015 and 477.71 AMD/$1 in Jan-Sept 2015.