This is an archived release.
Small changes in retail sales from July
The seasonally adjusted volume index of retail sale decreased 0.2 per cent from July to August 2002. Compared with August 2001 the seasonally adjusted volume index increased by 1.7 per cent.
The volume index of retail sale increased by 1.8 per cent in August 2002 compared with August 2001. The value index of retail sales rose by 3.9 per cent the same period. Retail sales figures exclude motor vehicles and petrol.
Retail sale of food increased the most
The volume index of retail sale in non-specialized stores, which mainly include grocery stores, rose by 3.1 per in from August 2001 to August 2002. Turnover for retail sale of new goods in specialized stores decreased by 2.1 per cent in volume the same period. This sector includes shoes, electrical goods, furniture and building materials. The volume index of retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialized stores increased by 1.7 per cent whereas pharmaceutical and medical goods, cosmetic and toilet articles rose by 1.4 per cent in August this year compared with August last year.
These preliminary results are based on a sample of 9 500 responds. Before the release of the final results of the retail sales index for August 2002, we expect to receive another 1 100 responds. The final results, to be published October 7, may therefore be adjusted.
|Retail Sales indices. August 2002. Preliminary figures. 1995=100|
|August 2002||Per cent|
|July-August 2002||August 2001-August 2002||September 2000-August 2001 - September 2001-August 2002||January-August 2002 - January-August 2002|
|Retail sales value index exclude value added tax : Total excluding motor vehicles and petrol||143.8||3.9||4.9||5.3|
|Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Not seasonally adjusted numbers||126.8||1.8||2.9||3.0|
|Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Seasonally adjusted numbers||120.3||-0.2||1.7||2.9||2.9|