Turkey’s retail sales volume, a marker of growing consumer spending, surged 15.5% in December 2021 versus the same month of 2020, the country’s statistical authority said on Friday.

All sub-indices posted increases year-on-year last December, the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) data showed.

Non-food (except automotive fuel) sales increased by 28.2% in December 2021, compared to the same month in 2020.

Automotive fuel sales were up by 2.8%, while that of food, drinks, and tobacco increased by 1.7% over the same period.

Among non-food items, textile, clothing, and footwear sales rose the most, climbing 77.3% from December 2020, followed by medical goods and cosmetics (16%) and computers, books and telecommunications equipment (13.1%).

Sales by mail order and the Internet soared 34.1% year-on-year in December 2021.

On a monthly basis, Turkey’s retail sales volume dropped by 2.7% over the month.

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