Growth in retail sales
The seasonally-adjusted volume index of retail sales increased by 1.7 per cent from April to May this year. This follows unchanged values from March to April this year.
|May 2016||Change in per cent|
|April 2016 - May 2016||May 2015 - May 2016||March 2015 / May 2015 - March 2016 / May 2016|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Seasonally adjusted numbers||109.6||1.7|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding motor vehicles and motorcycles and automotive fuel. Seasonally adjusted numbers||110.9||1.6|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Workingday adjusted numbers||114.4||2.0||-1.3|
|Retail sales value index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Working days adjusted numbers||125.4||5.1||1.5|
Most industries had an increase in sales volume from April to May this year. Grocery stores, sales of food and beverages in specialised stores and sales at petrol stations contributed particularly to the increase. Grocery stores contributed about 38 per cent of total turnover in retail sales. Dispensing chemists and sales via mail order and the Internet also contributed to the increase during this period.
Sales of ICT equipment, textiles, furniture and electrical household appliances on the other hand had a decrease in the seasonally-adjusted volume index from April to May this year.
Working-day adjusted figures show that retail sales decreased by 1.3 per cent in the period March-May this year compared to the same three-month period last year.