Panama: Retail Sales Grow 25.7%

Domestic trade is leading the sustained growth of the Panamanian economy, while investment in retail increases.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

An article in reports that "In the first three months of the year alone retail revenues reached $2,197,488,000, according to the Comptroller. This is an increase of 25.7%, as in the same period last year there were $1,747,931,000 registered. "

Meanwhile, wholesale trade grew by 14.5%, with total sales from January to March totaling $3,268,000,000.

"The greatest dynamism in retail trade occurred in the districts of San Miguelito and Panama, where revenues grew by 51.9% and 19% respectively."

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