Decrease in retail sales
The seasonally-adjusted volume index of retail sales decreased by 0.7 per cent from December 2014 to January 2015. The long-term trend showed a fairly flat development last year.
|January 2015||Change in per cent|
|December 2014 - January 2015||January 2014 - January 2015||November 2013 / January 2014 - November 2014 / January 2015|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Seasonally adjusted numbers||128.7||-0.7|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding motor vehicles and motorcycles and automotive fuel. Seasonally adjusted numbers||134.0||-0.6|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Workingday adjusted numbers||119.2||1.4||2.3|
|Retail sales value index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Working days adjusted numbers||128.8||2.2||3.3|
Most industries had a decrease in sales volume from December 2014 to January 2015. Grocery stores and sales of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores were among the industries that contributed to the decline. Grocery stores contributed about 38 per cent of total turnover in retail sales. Sales of automotive fuel in specialised stores and sales via mail order and the Internet also contributed to the decline from December last year to January this year. Sales of telecommunication equipment and audio and video equipment on the other hand showed a minor increase in sales volume during this period.
Working-day adjusted figures show that retail sales rose by 2.3 per cent in the period November 2014-January 2015 compared to the same three-month period in 2013-2014.