This is an archived release.
Retail sales up
The seasonally adjusted volume index of retail sales increased by 0.5 per cent from August to September 2003. The index was on average 1.1 per cent higher in the period July to September 2003 than the period April to June 2003.
Retail sales figures do not include motor vehicles and petrol.
The volume index of retail sales increased by 7.3 per cent in September 2003 compared with September 2002. Retail sales of food, beverages and tobacco in specialized stores increased its turnover by 10.4 per cent in the same period. The volume index of new goods in specialized stores increased by 8.8 per cent in September 2003 compared with September 2002. This sector includes clothing, shoes, electrical goods, furniture and building materials.
The value index of retail sales rose by 7.2 per cent in September 2003 compared with last year.
Revised figures for building material
The index of retail sales of a variety of hardware, such as paints and glass, contains revised figures for the period May to August 2003. The new figures are based on payments of value added tax. Statistics Norway has corrected data for some data providers who reported incorrect figures and also made adjustments for sampling errors. As a result, the total value index for the period May to August has on average been downward adjusted by 0.5 per cent. The index of other retail sales of new goods in specialized stores has been downward adjusted by 1.5 per cent in the same period.
Highest increase in Sweden
A comparison of retail sales in Denmark, Norway and Sweden shows that Sweden increased the most during the first eight months this year. See tables
|Retail sales indices. September 2003. 2000=100|
|September 2003||Change in per cent|
|August-September 2003||September 2002-September 2003||October 2001-September 2002 - October 2002-September 2003||January-September 2002 - January-September 2003|
|Retail sales value index exclude value added tax : Total excluding motor vehicles and petrol||110.7||7.2||4.2||4.1|
|Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Not seasonally adjusted numbers||108.3||7.3||4.0||4.1|
|Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Seasonally adjusted numbers||111.6||0.5||5.3||4.0||4.0|