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For their great contribution to the development of trade and many years of work, four Muscovites were awarded the title of “Honorary Worker of Trade and Services of the City of Moscow.”

Sergei Sobyanin presented awards of the city of Moscow to employees of enterprises of the trading industry of the capital. He thanked them for their high professionalism and dedicated work during the pandemic. The event was timed to coincide with Trade Workers’ Day, which has been celebrated annually on the fourth Saturday of July since 2013.

“I congratulate you on your professional holiday. For Moscow, this is not some kind of industry holiday, but, one might say, a citywide one, because almost one and a half million people work in trade. This is the fastest growing industry. For example, seven or eight years ago, we were still catastrophically lagging behind Europe, where there was more retail space – both small and large stores, and so on. Branching, step-by-step availability. Today we have almost caught up with the countries of Europe. We are enormously grateful to everyone who invests in this industry, builds shopping centers, shops, opens these enterprises, ”said the Moscow Mayor.

For their great contribution to the development of trade in the capital and many years of conscientious work, four Muscovites were awarded the title of “Honorary Worker of Trade and Services of the City of Moscow.” Among them:

– Olga Grebennikova – seller of the “Puma” section in “Firm” Sport-15 “LLC;

– Yegor Gurnik – Managing Director of Usachevsky Rynok LLC;

– Nikolay Pankin – executive director of Karavai-SV LLC;

– Vladimir Tchaikovsky – Head of Motorcycle Sales and Service Department of BMW Rusland Trading LLC.

Also, 29 employees of trade enterprises were awarded with gratitude from the Mayor of Moscow.

Sergei Sobyanin expressed his deep gratitude to the sellers and cashiers who serve millions of Muscovites every day from morning to evening. “It is very important, of course, that in the conditions of a pandemic, this industry withstood, survived and, even during the most unfavorable situations, you were at the forefront, you were next to Muscovites,” the Moscow Mayor emphasized.

According to him, even though the pandemic has not yet been completely defeated, this year is markedly different from that of the same period in 2020, and there has been a noticeable increase in trade. It is an important branch of the Moscow economy, accounting for about 18 percent of the city’s tax revenues.

In the period from 2010 to 2020, tax revenues to the capital’s treasury from trade enterprises have tripled. Moscow companies provide more than a third of tax revenues to the federal and regional budgets of the country from the sphere of trade in Russia as a whole.

There are 67.1 thousand stationary trade enterprises and 9.7 thousand non-stationary trade objects in the capital. Customers are served by 668 shopping centers, 27 retail markets, 44 interregional fairs and 88 weekend fairs. For 10 years, the coefficient of accessibility of retail facilities in the capital has grown from 88.9 to 97.9 percent.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, trade was one of the worst hit sectors in the capital’s economy. The Moscow government has taken a number of anti-crisis measures, including to support trade enterprises. Companies received deferred payments for property tax, land tax, trade tax, and were also exempted from payments for renting city property. The amount of support amounted to 2.4 billion rubles.

In addition, tenants of retail space affected by the restrictions in the context of the pandemic were provided with a deferral or exemption from rental payments.

The measures taken helped to stabilize the situation in the industry. The city will continue to provide support to enterprises in the field of trade, create conditions for their recovery and further growth.

In the first half of 2021, the turnover of retail enterprises in Moscow amounted to approximately three trillion rubles, which is 40 percent more than in the same period last year. At the same time, the turnover of trade in food products increased by 13 percent, non-food products – by 47 percent, vehicles (including spare parts and components) – by 59 percent.

As a result, in the first six months of this year, the volume of tax payments by Moscow trade enterprises increased by 35 percent.

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