Decrease in retail sales
The seasonally-adjusted volume index of retail sales decreased by 1.3 per cent from November to December 2015. This follows an increase of 0.6 per cent from October to November.
|December 2015||Change in per cent|
|November 2015 - December 2015||December 2014 - December 2015||October 2014 / December 2014 - October 2015 / December 2015|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Seasonally adjusted numbers||108.5||-1.3|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding motor vehicles and motorcycles and automotive fuel. Seasonally adjusted numbers||110.2||-1.2|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Workingday adjusted numbers||134.9||-1.2||0.0|
|Retail sales value index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Working days adjusted numbers||144.2||1.7||3.0|
Several industries had a decrease in sales volume from November to December last year. Retail sales of electrical household appliances, sport equipment, clothing and footwear contributed particularly to the decrease during this period. Sale of ICT equipment and telecommunications equipment also contributed to the decrease.
Sales in grocery stores and sales of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores on the other hand showed an increase in sales volume from November to December last year.
Working-day adjusted figures show that retail sales were the same in the period October-December 2015 compared to the same three-month period in 2014.
For the year as a whole, retail sale industries in total sold 0.6 per cent more in 2015 than in 2014.
As requested by Eurostat, the base year has been changed from 2005 to 2010.