This is an archived release.
Retail sales up 3 per cent
Total retail sales in Norway rose by 3,0 per cent in February 2003 compared with February 2002. The seasonally adjusted volume index of retail sales increased by 0.4 per cent from January to February 2003.
Retail sales figures exclude motor vehicles and petrol.
The volume index of retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialized stores rose by 7.8 per cent in February 2003 compared with February 2002. Retail sale of new goods in specialized stores increased the turnover in volume by 3.7 per cent in the same period. This sector includes clothing, shoes, electrical goods, furniture and building materials. Retail sales in non-specialized stores, which mainly include grocery stores, increased the turnover volume by 2.1 per cent. The volume index of pharmaceutical and medical goods, cosmetics and toilet articles increased by 0.3 per cent in February 2003 compared with February 2002.
More money on food and beverages
The value of retail sales of food, beverages and tobacco in specialized stores rose by 8.4 per cent in February this year compared with February last year. The value index of retail sales in non-specialized stores, which mainly include grocery stores, increased by 4,7 per cent in the same period. The total value index of retail sales rose by 3.8 per cent in February compared with the same period last year.
Due to new information from some stores certain industries are revised for the period May to October 2002. The industries are: retail sales in non-specialized stores, with food, beverages or tobacco predominating and retail sale of a variety of hardware, paint and glass. The total index is not revised for this period. Retail sale of clothing is revised for January 2003. This involves a revise of 0.1 per cent of the total index for January 2003.
|Retail Sales indices. February 2003. Final figures. 1995=100|
|February 2003||Per cent|
|January 2003-February 2003||February 2002-February 2003||March 2001-February 2002 - March 2002-February 2003||January-February 2002 - January-February 2003|
|Retail sales value index exclude value added tax : Total excluding motor vehicles and petrol||117.3||3.8||4.8||3.7|
|Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Not seasonally adjusted numbers||106.2||3.0||3.8||3.0|
|Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Seasonally adjusted numbers||127.5||0.4||3.1||3.9||2.8|
Index of commodity consumption , that aims to quantify the commodity consumption of the households, is published at the same time as the index of retail sales.