Retail sales up in October
Wholesale and retail trade and service activities;Income and consumption
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Index of wholesale and retail salesOctober 2002



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Retail sales up in October

The value index of retail sales in Norway rose by 6.0 per cent in October 2002 compared with October 2001.

The index excludes sales of motorized vehicles and petrol. The volume index not adjusted rose by 2.8 per cent in October this year compared with October last year. The seasonally adjusted volume index of retail sales decreased by 0.2 per cent from September 2002 to October 2002.

The price index for retail sales has for certain industries had a different development than the increase in prices in partly comparable sub-indices in the consumer price index. Based on this - Statistics Norway is considering changing the calculation system for price indices for retail sale. Until further action only the volume index for retail sales is therefore published.

As an indicator for household consumption Statistics Norway also publishes an index of household consumption indicator (link) which next time will be published in the week 9- 13 December.

Preliminary results

These preliminary results are based on a sample of 9 700 responds. Before the publication of the final results of the retail sales index for October 2002, we expect to receive another 800 responds. The final results, to be published December 6, may therefore be adjusted.

Retail Sales indices. October 2002. Preliminary figures. 1995=100
  October 2002 Per cent
  September-October 2002 October 2001-October 2002 Nov. 2000-Oct. 2001 - Nov. 2001-Oct. 2002 January-October 2001 - January-October 2002
Retail sales value index exclude value added tax : Total excluding motor vehicles and petrol  142.3   6.0 5.2 5.4
Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Not seasonally adjusted numbers  124.6   4.1 3.2 3.2
Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Seasonally adjusted numbers  122.3 -0.2 2.8 3.1 3.0