Business tendency surveys in retail trade have been conducted sińce 1993 and based on monthly sample enąuiry of 2000 firms. Basic indicators of the condition of the market show a decrease sińce 1999. However, the first signs of stabilisation can be dated in the second quarter of 2002. The same deteriorating tendency in retail trade has been experienced in most European countries in the period 2000-2002. However, in the other candidate countries there was an increase in retail trade during the same period.