Retail sales in Portugal went up 4.5 percent year-on-year in February of 2019, following a downwardly revised 5.3 percent rise in January. Sales increased less for food, drinks and tobacco (3.4 percent compared to 5.8 percent) but increased more for non-food (5.4 percent compared to 5 percent). On a monthly basis, retail sales fell 1 percent, after rising 1.3 percent in January. Retail Sales YoY in Portugal averaged 1.26 percent from 1996 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 18.70 percent in March of 1996 and a record low of -11.20 percent in October of 2011.
Retail Sales YoY in Portugal is expected to be 3.20 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Retail Sales YoY in Portugal to stand at 2.60 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Portugal Retail Sales YoY is projected to trend around 2.30 percent in 2020, according to our econometric models.