The Serasa Experian index says that the first semester of 2018 was positive for the Brazilian commerce, which registered an increase of 6.3% regarding the same period of 2017, related to the flow of consumers at the stores. According to this index, this is the best result for a first semester over the last 5 years.
According to Serasa’s economists, two factors contributed to increase the sales of durable goods: the low interest and the modest credit expansion. If compared to the same period of last year, the category with greater increase was furniture, electronics and informatics.
But the groceries store, hypermarket, foods and beverages sector presented a decrease of 1.9% at the same first semester, if compared to 2017.
It worth to mention that, however an increase was registered, the accumulated drop of the last two years still was not compensated. At the first semester of 2016 there was a decrease of 8.3% and setback of 1.5% at the same period of 2017.