Retail sales unchanged
The seasonally-adjusted volume index of retail sales was unchanged from March to April this year. This follows a decrease of 0.7 per cent from February to March this year.
|April 2016||Change in per cent|
|March 2016 - April 2016||April 2015 - April 2016||February 2015 / April 2015 - February 2016 / April 2016|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Seasonally adjusted numbers||107.6||0.0|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding motor vehicles and motorcycles and automotive fuel. Seasonally adjusted numbers||108.9||-0.5|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Workingday adjusted numbers||99.5||-4.4||-2.3|
|Retail sales value index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Working days adjusted numbers||108.8||-1.2||0.4|
Grocery stores showed no change from March to April this year. Grocery stores contributed about 38 per cent of total turnover in retail sales. Retail sales of building equipment, audio and video equipment, sales of electrical household appliances and sales at petrol stations had a minor increase during this period.
Telecommunications equipment, books, clothing and footwear on the other hand were among the industries that had a decrease in the seasonally-adjusted volume index of retail sales from March to April this year.
Working-day adjusted figures show that retail sales decreased by 2.3 per cent in the period February–April this year compared to the same three-month period last year.
Due to Easter, it is difficult to compare the sales index for March and April with the corresponding months in 2015. The seasonally-adjusted index takes the Easter holidays in March or April into account, but it is difficult to correct for Easter shopping. Therefore, the seasonally-adjusted index for March is more uncertain than the seasonally-adjusted indices for the other months.