Growth in retail sales
The seasonally-adjusted volume index of retail sales increased by 0.9 per cent from January to February this year. This follows a decrease of 0.7 per cent from December 2014 to January 2015.
|February 2015||Change in per cent|
|January 2015 - February 2015||February 2014 - February 2015||December 2013 / February 2014 - December 2014 / February 2015|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Seasonally adjusted numbers||129.8||0.9|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding motor vehicles and motorcycles and automotive fuel. Seasonally adjusted numbers||135.0||0.7|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Workingday adjusted numbers||109.3||1.7||1.9|
|Retail sales value index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Working days adjusted numbers||120.9||3.2||3.1|
Most industries had an increase in sales volume from January to February this year. Sales via mail order and the Internet, and sales of automotive fuel in specialised stores made a particular contribution to the growth during this period. Stores selling textiles, building equipment, electrical household appliances and household articles also contributed to the increase from January to February this year. Grocery stores and sales of telecommunication equipment and audio and video equipment on the other hand showed a decrease in sales volume during this period.
Working-day adjusted figures show that retail sales rose by 2.0 per cent in the period December 2014-February 2015 compared to the same three-month period in 2013-2014.