The Russian war of aggression in Ukraine unsettles consumers in Berlin and Brandenburg according to the assessment of the trade association (HBB). “There’s an insane amount of uncertainty. You don’t know at all what the next month will look like, and that’s reflected in the willingness to spend money,” said HBB spokesman Phillip Haverkamp.

According to the association, sales of food in April fell by 7.7 percent compared to the previous month. Compared to April 2021, sales fell by 6.5 percent. “The development is probably due to the significantly increased food prices,” said Haverkamp. Fashion stores and electronics stores also had to complain about a drop in sales. Only online trading was able to increase its sales.

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