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Retail sales down in March
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2016-04-28T10:00:00.000Z
Wholesale and retail trade and service activities;Income and consumption
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doi, Index of retail sales, retail sales, volume index, value index, retail trade, commodity trade, turnover (for example groceries, clothing, building materials)Wholesale and retail trade , Consumption, Income and consumption, Wholesale and retail trade and service activities
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Index of retail salesMarch 2016

With regard to seasonal adjustment, previously published seasonally-adjusted figures may be revised when new figures for a new month in the series are published.

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Retail sales down in March

The seasonally-adjusted volume index of retail sales decreased by 0.7 per cent from February to March this year. This follows a decrease of 0.5 per cent from January to February this year.

Retail Sales indices, 2010=100
March 2016Change in per cent
February 2016 - March 2016March 2015 - March 2016January 2015 / March 2015 - January 2016 / March 2016
 
Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Seasonally adjusted numbers107.9-0.7
Retail sales volume index: Excluding motor vehicles and motorcycles and automotive fuel. Seasonally adjusted numbers109.8-0.1
Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Workingday adjusted numbers100.7-1.7-0.6
Retail sales value index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Working days adjusted numbers109.00.62.2
"Figure 1. Retail sales volume index, seasonally adjusted and trend. 2010=100

Grocery stores and sales of food and beverages in specialised stores in particular contributed to the decrease from February to March this year. Grocery stores contributed about 40 per cent of total turnover in retail sales. Retail sales of building equipment, furniture, audio and video equipment and sales at petrol stations also contributed to the decrease in this period.

Retail sales of telecommunications equipment, clothing and footwear on the other hand had a minor increase in the seasonally-adjusted volume index from February to March this year.

Working-day adjusted figures show that retail sales decreased by 0.6 per cent in the period January– March this year compared to the same three-month period last year.

Seasonally-adjusted figures for March and April are more uncertainOpen and readClose

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.