Sales drop by a quarter in Polish shopping centres in Jan-Sept

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Sales in Polish shopping centres have declined by 24 percent in the first three quarters of 2020, the Polish Council of Shopping Centres (PRCH) said on Tuesday.

In January and February, sales grew by 3 and 6 percent, respectively, compared to the same period of 2019, but plunged after the government introduced coronavirus restrictions on March 13, PRCH said.

April saw the biggest sales drop, by 80 percent.

From May, when restrictions were loosened, sales started to gradually recover, but failed to reach last year's levels.

Sales topped in August, but were still 9 percent weaker compared to the same month of 2019.

Entertainment businesses located in shopping centres took the biggest hit during the January-September period, with sales declining to just 47 percent of those reached in the first three quarters of 2019.

When the second wave of the epidemic struck in October, shopping centre visits started to decline again, reaching just over 70 percent of the October 2019 figure. In November, when shopping centres were again affected by government restrictions, customer visits went down to 46 percent of the 2019 level.