Reuters: Greek retailer Jumbo’s sales hit by COVID-19 curbs in Bulgaria, Romania

Greek retailer Jumbo saw revenues rise by a marginal 0.6% annual rate in October as COVID-19 curbs drove a double-digit percentage fall in Bulgaria and Romania, it said on Thursday.

The group, which operates 52 stores in Greece and 28 in Romania, Bulgaria and Cyprus, said sales dropped 23% in Bulgaria.

A rise in COVID-19 infections forced authorities to impose restrictions on the number of people allowed to access retail outlets in the Balkan country, Jumbo said, adding that current trends pointed to a sales drop of possibly more than 50% in November.

In Romania, sales dropped by 1.6% last month.

Bulgaria and Romania are the European Union’s least vaccinated countries and are grappling with a fourth wave of the pandemic.