In 2018, the total volume of retail trade turnover amounted to 898 billion tenge, or 105.6% by 2017. The share of regional trade in the republican volume was 8.9%. In terms of retail turnover, the Karaganda region takes 4 place in the republic after the cities of Astana and Almaty, East Kazakhstan region.
55.2% or 495.8 billion tenge of retail goods turnover was provided by individuals trading in markets and carrying out individual trading activities, 44.8% or 402.2 billion tenge of goods turnover accounted for by registered enterprises and organizations.
The share of food products in the total retail trade amounted to 41.6%, non-food - 58.4%.
At the wholesale market of the region, goods worth 956.1 billion tenge were sold, which is 9.4% more than in 2017.
In the reporting year, 195 new objects of trade were launched for the amount of investments of 14.7 billion tenge. The number of POS-terminals increased by 2.7% units and amounted to 10 593.
The volume of foreign trade turnover for 2018 (including the EAEU countries) amounted to 6 612.8 million US dollars (105.4% compared to 2017), including export - 4 864.6 million US dollars (101.4% by 2017), imports - $ 1,748.2 million (118.3% of the total turnover).
The trade balance amounted to 3,116.4 million US dollars.
The main exported goods are copper and its products, oil, flat-rolled products of iron and non-alloy steel, clad, semi-finished products of iron, coal and others.
The main imported goods are equipment, ferrous metal products, electrical equipment, vehicles, ceramic products, rubber, rubber and products from it, fats and oils of animal or vegetable origin; ores, slag, ash, stone products, gypsum, cement and similar materials.
The main partner countries for export operations are:
- Russian Federation (26.6% of total exports), China (36.5% of total exports), United Arab Emirates (7.9%), United Kingdom (5.4%), Uzbekistan (4.7%) ), Switzerland (3%).
The main import partner countries are:
- Russian Federation (49.3% of total imports), China (10.2%), Germany (5.7%), Ukraine (3%), Poland (2.2%), Lithuania (1.6%) )