This is an archived release.
Slight increase in retail sales
The seasonally adjusted volume index of retail sales increased by 0.2 per cent from November to December 2003. On average the seasonally adjusted volume index for the period October - December 2003 was 0.4per cent higher than the period July - September 2003.
Retail sales figures exclude motor vehicles and petrol.
The volume index of retail sale rose by 6.3 per cent in December 2003 compared with December 2002. The volume index of retail sales not in stores increased by 15.4 per cent. This sector includes retail sales via mail order houses. Retail sale of new goods in specialized stores increased by 7.7 per cent. This sector includes clothing, shoes, electrical goods, furniture and building materials. Retail sales in non-specialized stores, which mainly include grocery stores, increased by 4.7 per cent in December 2003 compared with December 2002.
The value index of retail sales increased by 5.8 per cent in December 2003 compared with December 2002
|Retail Sales indices. December 2003. 2000=100|
|December 2003||Change in per cent|
|November- December 2003||December 2002-December 2003||January-December 2002-January-December 2003|
|Retail sales value index exclude value added tax : Total excluding motor vehicles and petrol||153.9||5.8||3.9|
|Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Not seasonally adjusted numbers||151.5||6.3||4.0|
|Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Seasonally adjusted numbers||111.4||0.2||4.4||3.9|
A comparison of turnover for retail trade, seasonally adjusted, shows that Sweden had a growth from November to December 2003 by 1.2 per cent. In Norway the growth was 0.2 per cent.