Decline in retail sales
The seasonally-adjusted volume index of retail sales decreased by 1.5 per cent from June to July 2014. This follows a growth of 1.2 per cent from May to June.
|July 2014||Change in per cent|
|June 2014 - July 2014||July 2013 - July 2014||May 2013 / July 2013 - May 2014 / July 2014|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Seasonally adjusted numbers||127.9||-1.5|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding motor vehicles and motorcycles and automotive fuel. Seasonally adjusted numbers||133.1||-1.3|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Workingday adjusted numbers||129.6||1.0||1.2|
|Retail sales value index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Working days adjusted numbers||143.9||3.1||3.3|
Most industries had a decrease in sales volume from June to June this year. Stores selling building materials, hardware and paints, furniture, clothing and shoes were among the industries that contributed to the decline. Sales of automotive fuel in specialised stores, grocery stores and sales via mail order and the Internet also contributed to the decline. Sales of sports equipment, however, showed a minor increase from June to July this year.
Working-day adjusted figures show that retail sales rose by 1.2 per cent in the period May-July 2014 compared to the same three-month period in 2013.