Decline in retail sales
The seasonally-adjusted volume index of retail sales decreased by 3.4 per cent from April to May this year. This follows an increase of 2.0 per cent from March to April this year.
|May 2015||Change in per cent|
|April 2015 - May 2015||May 2014 - May 2015||March 2014 / May 2014 - March 2015 / May 2015|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Seasonally adjusted numbers||128.8||-3.4|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding motor vehicles and motorcycles and automotive fuel. Seasonally adjusted numbers||134.1||-3.5|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Workingday adjusted numbers||132.7||-0.3||1.6|
|Retail sales value index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Working days adjusted numbers||149.3||0.9||3.1|
Most industries had a decrease in sales volume from April to May this year. Sales in grocery stores and sales of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores made a particular contribution to the decline. Grocery stores contributed about 38 per cent of total turnover in retail sales. Sales of clothing and footwear, sports and leisure equipment and sales at petrol stations also contributed to the decrease from April to May this year.
Sales of ICT equipment, telecommunication equipment, electrical household appliances and furniture on the other hand had a minor increase from April to May this year.
Working-day adjusted figures show that retail sales rose by 1.8 per cent in the period March to May 2015 compared to the same three-month period in 2014.