This is an archived release.
Seasonally adjusted volume index up 3.3 per cent
The seasonally adjusted volume index of retail sale increased by 3.3 per cent from March to April this year. The average seasonally adjusted volume index for the period January - April 2003 is 2.9 per cent higher than for the same period 2002.
The volume index of retail sale increased by 4.0 per cent in April 2003 compared with April 2002. The value index of retail sales rose by 4.2 per cent in the same period. Retail sales figures exclude motor vehicles and petrol.
The volume index of retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialized stores increased by 21.2 per cent in April 2003 compared with April 2002. Retail sales in non-specialized stores, which mainly include grocery stores, increased the turnover volume by 8.2 per cent in the same period. Retail sales of new goods in specialized stores decreased the turnover in volume by 1.6 per cent in April 2003 compared with April 2002. This sector includes clothing, shoes, electrical goods, furniture and building materials. The volume index of pharmaceutical and medical goods, cosmetics and toilet articles decreased by 1.3 per cent in the same period.
Uncertainty due to Easter
Note that the Easter holidays this year is in April, while it was in March last year. This gives rise to uncertainty in the calculation and interpretation of the figures. Comparing unadjusted figures for the same period in different years is difficult due to the extreme growth rates that can occur. Furthermore the seasonal adjustment of figures with a strong presence of calendar effects, such as Easter holidays, is a rather complex matter, and a larger uncertainty than normal is thus entailed.
|Retail Sales Indices. April 2003. Final figures. 1995=100|
|April 2003||Change in per cent|
|March-April 2003||April 2002-April 2003||May 2001-April 2002 - May 2002-April 2003||January-April 2002 - January-April 2003|
|Retail sales value index exclude value added tax: Total excluding motor vehicles and petrol||133.9||4.2||4.4||3.5|
|Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Not seasonally adjusted numbers||120.9||4.0||3.6||3.0|
|Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Seasonally adjusted numbers||131.2||3.3||4.8||3.6||2.9|