The total value of retail sales of goods and services in Vietnam during the first nine months of this year reached 1,710 trillion VND (81.5 billion USD), a 17 percent increase compared to the same period last year, according to the General Statistics Office.

The total value of retail sales of September alone surged more than 1 percent over the previous month to approach 193 trillion VND (9.2 billion USD).

Individual traders made the most significant contribution to the retail value - 48.8 percent - followed by the private economic sector with 35.6 percent, an increase of 17.1 percent and 23.1 percent compared to last year, respectively.

The foreign-invested sector had a modest turnover of nearly 48 trillion VND (2.3 billion USD) but achieved the biggest increase in rate - 33.8 percent - while the State economic sector grew at a sluggish rate of only 0.1 percent.-VNA