Turkish retail sales drop 6.3 percent in April

Turkey’s retail sales fell by a monthly 6.3 percent in April, when the country was gripped with another wave of the COVID-19 virus prompting the government to impose tighter restrictions on the population.

The decline was the biggest this year, according to data published by the Turkish Statistical Institute on Friday.

On an annual basis, sales surged by 41.7 percent. The authorities imposed strict lockdowns in April last year after the COVID-19 outbreak erupted.