September retail sales near pre-pandemic levels: Retailers Association of India

Mumbai: Retailers Association of India (RAI) on Wednesday said retail sales in September 2021 were at 96 percent of the pre-pandemic levels of September 2019. As compared to September 2020, there was a 26 percent growth in sales last month, led by strong growth in South India at 33 percent, followed by East at 30 percent, and 26 percent in West. NOrth India also registered a growth of 16 percent, according to RAI's Business Survey- Round 20. "Retail businesses across regions are nearing recovery indicating consumer sentiments are positive across the country," Retailers Association of India said in a statement.

Category wise, consumer durables and electronics; food and groceries and quick service restaurants (QSR) have fully recovered and are indicating double digit growth on pre-pandemic levels, it added. " Sports goods and apparel & clothing have also started to pick up pace as socialising and offices have resumed and some level of normalcy has returned. However, categories such as beauty and wellness, which include salons, footwear and jewellery are yet to catch up to the pre-Covid-19 levels.  However, categories such as beauty and wellness which include salons, footwear and jewellery are yet to catch up to the pre-pandemic levels of sales, RAI added.

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