This is an archived release.
Retail trade down in July
The retail trade index for July decreased by 1.5 percent in terms of volume compared with the same month 1999. In terms of value the index decreased 0.2 percent while prices rose 1.4 percent. The index does not compensate for the loss of one trading day in July 2000 compared with July 1999.
The index excludes sales of motorized vehicles and petrol. From July 1999 to July 2000 retail sales of grocery stores and other non-specialised stores fell 6.2 percent in terms of volume. During the same period the retail sales of food, beverages and tobacco of specialised stores dropped by 3.7 percent in terms of volume, while sales of other new merchandise, including clothing, shoes, electrical appliances, furniture and construction materials, rose by 3.4 percent in terms of volume.
Volume index adjusted for seasonally
Compared with July 1999, the volume index adjusted for seasonally had dropped 1.7 percent ending at 117.6 in July 2000. That was 0.7 percent below the average of the first seven months of 2000.
The statistics for July are so far based on 8000 observations. Final results to be published on September 6 will be based on all 8800 sample observations. As a consequence, the provisional numbers published now can then be revised.
|Retail Sales indices. July 2000. Preliminary figures. 1995=100|
|July 2000||Per cent|
|June-July 2000||July 1999-July 2000||August 1998-July 1999 - August 1999-July 2000||January-July 1999 - January-July 2000|
|Retail sales value index : Total excluding motor vehicles and petrol||126,8||-0,2||4,7||5,4|
|Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Not seasonally adjusted numbers||116,8||-1,5||3,0||3,7|
|Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Seasonally adjusted numbers||117,6||-1,7||1,6||2,9||3,5|