JAKARTA, April 10 Indonesia's retail sales in
February grew 3.7 percent from a year earlier, a slower pace
than in January, a survey by Bank Indonesia (BI) showed on
January annual retail sales rose 6.3 percent.
The central bank said decreased buying of food and non-food
items weakened the growth rate in February.
The survey of 700 retailers in 10 major cities predicted
that March annual retail sales growth would be 2.6 percent, due
to further weakening in sales of food and non-food items.
Survey respondents felt that price pressures were expected
to increase in the next three months.
They also predicted retail sales will increase in May in
line with increasing demand ahead of the Muslim fasting month,
which begins in late May.
(Reporting by Nilufar Rizki; Editing by Richard Borsuk)