Wiesbaden (dpa) - The retail trade in Germany suffered a sharp drop in sales due to closed shops in the Corona crisis.

In April, sales decreased by 6.5 percent on a price-adjusted basis compared to the same month in the previous year, as the Federal Statistical Office announced on the basis of preliminary data. In March, sales fell by a good 5 percent - the strongest decline since January 2007.

According to this, food, beverages and tobacco products were in demand, where sales rose by 6.2 percent. In contrast, retail sales of non-food dropped by 14.5 percent - the largest decline since the beginning of the time series in 1994, according to the Wiesbaden statisticians. The loss in sales of textiles, clothing, shoes and leather goods was particularly large at more than 70 percent.

The big winner in the Corona crisis was recently the Internet and mail order business with a sales increase of more than 24 percent compared to the same month last year. Since many stores were only allowed to reopen under conditions at the end of April and consumers were afraid of infections, they increasingly bought online.