Growth in retail sales
The seasonally-adjusted volume index of retail sales showed an increase of 1.2 per cent from May to June 2014. This follows a decline of 0.9 per cent from April to May.
|June 2014||Change in per cent|
|May 2014 - June 2014||June 2013 - June 2014||April 2013 / June 2013 - April 2014 / June 2014|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Seasonally adjusted numbers||130.3||1.2|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding motor vehicles and motorcycles and automotive fuel. Seasonally adjusted numbers||135.4||1.1|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Workingday adjusted numbers||138.1||2.3||2.0|
|Retail sales value index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Working days adjusted numbers||151.6||4.3||4.1|
Most of the industries had an increase in sales volume from May to June this year. Stores selling building materials, hardware and paints, sports equipment and clothing were among the industries that contributed to the growth in sales volume. Sales via mail order and the Internet and sales of automotive fuel in specialised stores also contributed to the growth. Sales of ICT equipment in specialised stores, however, had a minor decrease in sales volume from May to June this year.
Working-day adjusted figures show that retail sales rose by 2.0 per cent in the period April-June 2014 compared to the same three-month period in 2013.