Retail Boosts Economy

In the Dominican Republic, retail sales lead the commercial activity in the country, and only in El Gran Santo Domingo more than 105 thousand commercial establishments are identified.

Monday, December 23, 2019 explains that "... Of the provinces that make up the national territory, Independencia, with a population of 52,589 inhabitants, recorded the lowest number of commercial establishments in the country, which amounts to only 0.3% of the 457,095 businesses (formal and informal) that exist throughout the country, according to data from the National Statistics Office (ONE). However, of 1,488 establishments in that province, 39.9% (its highest percentage) belongs to retail trade, an activity that intervenes between purchase to wholesalers and sale to the final consumer, in this case, except for trade of vehicles and motorcycles."

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"... The other activities correspond to food and beverage service (with 11%), gambling and betting (9.4%), other service activities (7%), which includes, in others, tailoring, laundry, funeral, beauty salons and barbershop. Also education (with 3.8%), motor vehicles and motorcycles (3.6%), public administration and defense; social security plans of obligatory affiliation (3.5%), activities of Associations or organizations (3.5%), activities related to human health (2.0%), and Lodging (1.5%)."

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