This is an archived release.
Retail sales down 1.5 per cent
Total retail sales decreased by 1.5 per cent from April to May 2003. Average of seasonally adjusted volume index for the period March - May 2003 is 1.7 per cent higher than December 2002 - February 2003.
Retail sales figures exclude motor vehicles and petrol.
The volume index of retail sale increased by 4.0 per cent in May 2003 compared with April 2003. Retail sale of new goods in specialized stores increased the turnover in volume by 6.5 per cent in the same period. This sector includes clothing, shoes, electrical goods, furniture and building materials. The volume index of retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialized stores rose by 3.2 per cent in May 2003 compared with May 2002. Retail sales in non-specialized stores, which mainly include grocery stores, increased the turnover volume by 1.8 per cent May 2003 compared with the corresponding month the year before. The volume index of pharmaceutical and medical goods, cosmetics and toilet articles increased by 0.5 per cent in same period.
The value index of retail sales rose by 3,7 per cent in May 2003 compared with May 2002.
|Retail sales indices. May 2003. Final figures. 1995=100|
|May 2003||Per cent|
|April- May 2003||May 2002-May 2003||June 2001-May 2002-June 2002-May 2003||January-May 2002-January-May 2003|
|Retail sales value index exclude value added tax : Total excluding motor vehicles and petrol||142.1||3.7||4.2||3.5|
|Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Not seasonally adjusted numbers||128.5||4.0||3.6||3.2|
|Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Seasonally adjusted numbers||129.2||-1.5||3.5||3.6||3.0|