Decline in retail sales
The seasonally-adjusted volume index of retail sales decreased by 0.4 per cent from July to August 2015. This follows an increase of 0.5 per cent from June to July this year.
|August 2015||Change in per cent|
|July 2015 - August 2015||August 2014 - August 2015||June 2014 / August 2014 - June 2015 / August 2015|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Seasonally adjusted numbers||130.0||-0.4|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding motor vehicles and motorcycles and automotive fuel. Seasonally adjusted numbers||134.8||-1.0|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Workingday adjusted numbers||134.2||0.9||0.9|
|Retail sales value index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Working days adjusted numbers||151.0||4.2||3.6|
Several of the industries had a decrease in sales volume from July to August this year. Sales of clothing and footwear made a particular contribution to the decline. Retail sales of sports equipment, household articles and electrical household appliances also contributed to the decrease in this period.
Grocery stores, sales at petrol stations and sales of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores on the other hand had an increase in the seasonally-adjusted volume index from July to August this year. Grocery stores contributed about 37 per cent of total turnover in retail sales.
Working-day adjusted figures show that retail sales rose by 0.9 per cent in the period June-August 2015 compared to the same three-month period in 2014.