Retail goods and services posted a revenue of nearly VND2.12 quadrillion (US$94 billion) in the first six months of 2018, a year-on-year rise of 10.7%. If inflation was excluded, the increase would be 8.3%, higher than the 7.9% growth seen in the first five months of 2017, the GSO said.
An abundant supply of essential goods and stable prices had spurred local trade and lifted purchasing power during the period, Vu Manh Ha, a GSO statistician, said.
Retail sales of goods, which accounted for 75.3% of the total revenue, reached an estimated VND1.59 quadrillion (US$70.9 billion) with several products recording strong increases, including food and foodstuffs (12.4%), garments (12.3%), home appliances (12%) and transport services (8.8%).
Meanwhile, retail sales in accommodation, restaurants and catering services saw a yearly increase of 9.6% to VND260.9 trillion (US$11.5 billion), with the central coastal provinces of Khanh Hoa, Binh Dinh and Da Nang, the Central Highlands city of Da Lat and the northern province of Quang Ninh leading the way.
From January to June, revenue from tourism services also recorded significant on-year growth of 19.5% to VND19.6 trillion (US$860 million) thanks to a rising numbers of local tourists and those traveling abroad.
Vietnam’s visa exemption policy for several Western European countries and the country’s domestic and overseas tourism promotion campaigns had also prompted tourism service revenue to grow, the GSO said, outlining some provinces and cities that recorded encouraging growth, such as Ca Mau (29%), HCM City (24.3%), Quang Ninh (18%) and Hanoi (14%).
Sales of other services during the six months hit VND243 trillion (over US$11 billion), a jump of 7.3% compared to a year ago.