This is an archived release.
Seasonally adjusted volume index down 0.8 per cent
The seasonally adjusted volume index of retail sale increased by 0.8 per cent from February to March. The average of seasonally adjusted volume index for the period January - March 2003 is 0.5 per cent lower than the period October - December 2002.
The seasonally adjusted volume index takes the timing of Easter into account. There is nevertheless considerable uncertainty in the model we use to correct for Easter. The seasonally adjusted index for March is therefore more uncertain than the index for the other months.
The volume index of retail sale increased by 2.1 per cent in March 2003 compared with March 2002. The value index of retail sales rose by 2.2 per cent the same period. Retail sales figures exclude motor vehicles and petrol.
Retail sale of new goods in specialized stores increased the turnover in volume by 11.3 per cent in March 2003 compared with March 2002. This sector includes clothing, shoes, electrical goods, furniture and building materials. The volume index of pharmaceutical and medical goods, cosmetics and toilet articles rose by 3.3 per cent the same period. Retail sales in non-specialized stores, which mainly include grocery stores, decreased the turnover volume 4.4 per cent and the volume index of retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialized stores decreased by 8.7 per cent in March 2003 compared with March 2002.
|Retail Sales indices. March 2003. 1995=100|
|March 2003||Per cent|
|February-March 2003||March 2002-March 2003||April 2001-March 2002 - April 2002-March 2003||January-March 2002 - January-March 2003|
|Retail sales value index exclude value added tax : Total excluding motor vehicles and petrol||128.7||2.2||4.9||3.2|
|Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Not seasonally adjusted numbers||116.3||2.1||4.0||2.7|
|Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Seasonally adjusted numbers||126.4||-0.8||0.9||3.6||2.2|