Rosstat has published its February statistics pack on economic conditions.
Unemployment remained at 5.6%. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 5.1%.
Real retail sales growth almost doubled, to 4.1%, mainly due to the non-food component, which posted a 13-month high annual gain of 6.4% (vs. 3.4% in January).
Investment in fixed capital remained under water, but the pace of its decline halved to 3.5% YoY.
Construction simultaneously softened its drop to 2.4% YoY, after a significant 5.4% YoY decline a month ago.
Real wage growth edged up to 6.0% YoY, from the upwardly revised figure in January (to 5.2 YoY).