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VTB: residents of Vladivostok have increased spending on medical research
In September, VTB clients in Vladivostok spent 4,3 million rubles in medical laboratories, which is 26% more than in August and 2,6 times more than in the same period of the pre-pandemic year of 2019.
The expenses of residents of the capital of Primorye in laboratories offering tests for coronavirus, according to VTB, increased by 2,3 times in September versus August.
The spending of VTB clients in private medical clinics in Vladivostok in September increased by 42% compared to last year, to 44 million rubles, compared to September 2019 - an increase of 1,7 times. The number of transactions also increased - by 37% and 54%, respectively.
The turnover of bank cards in city pharmacies increased by 11% over the year - to 47 million rubles, while the average check in them did not change. Compared to the pre-pandemic period, the revenue of pharmacies increased by almost a third.
“The cost of medical laboratory services has traditionally reflected the situation with the pandemic. We recorded an increase in demand in this segment back in the summer, when PCR tests were in demand for travel to a number of Russian and foreign resorts. In the fall, the volume of spending on medical tests continues to increase, especially significant growth is observed in private laboratories offering PCR testing to clients, ”says Sergey Dyrin, chief analyst of VTB's retail business.
In the country as a whole, VTB clients spent 438 million rubles in medical laboratories in September, which is 32% more than a year ago, while maintaining the average check. Spending in pharmacies and private medical clinics increased by a quarter compared to last year. The expenses of Russians in laboratories offering tests for coronavirus increased 1,5 times by 2020, to 76 million rubles.