Continued growth in retail sales
The seasonally-adjusted volume index of retail sales increased by 0.5 per cent from June to July 2015. This follows an increase of 1.0 per cent from May to June this year.
|July 2015||Change in per cent|
|June 2015 - July 2015||July 2014 - July 2015||May 2014 / July 2014 - May 2015 / July 2015|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Seasonally adjusted numbers||130.5||0.5|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding motor vehicles and motorcycles and automotive fuel. Seasonally adjusted numbers||136.1||0.8|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Workingday adjusted numbers||132.2||2.0||0.5|
|Retail sales value index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Working days adjusted numbers||149.3||3.8||2.5|
Most of the industries had an increase in sales volume from June to July this year. Sales of clothing and footwear made a particular contribution to the growth. Retail sales of sports equipment and books also contributed to the growth in this period. Grocery stores and sales of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores and sales in petrol stations on the other hand had a decrease from June to July this year. Grocery stores contributed about 39 per cent of total turnover in retail sales.
Working-day adjusted figures show that retail sales rose by 0.5 per cent in the period May to July 2015 compared to the same three-month period in 2014.