This is an archived release.
Continued weak growth in retail
The volume of retail sales grew by 0.4 per cent from December 2003 to January 2004. The average for the three months November 2003 to January 2004 was 0.2 per cent higher than the three months August to October, according to the seasonally adjusted volume index of retail sales.
Retail sales figures exclude motor vehicles and petrol.
Total retail sales increased by 4.6 per cent in January 2004 compared with January 2003. The volume index of retail sales not in stores, including mail order companies, increased by 9.8 per cent. Retail sales in non-specialised stores, mainly food stores, increased by 5.2 per cent in January 2004 compared with January 2003. Retail sales of new goods in specialised stores increased by 2.7 per cent. This sector includes clothing, shoes, electrical goods, furniture and building materials.
The value index of retail sales increased by 4.7 per cent in January 2004 compared with January 2003.
|Retail Sales indices. January 2004. 2000=100|
|January 2004||Per cent|
|December 2003-January 2004||January 2003-January 2004||February 2002-January 2003- February 2003-January 2004||November 2002-January 2003- November 2003-January 2004|
|Retail sales value index exclude value added tax : Total excluding motor vehicles and petrol||105.6||4.7||4.0||3.4|
|Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Not seasonally adjusted numbers||104.1||4.6||4.1||3.7|
|Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Seasonally adjusted numbers||111.9||0.4||4.4||4.1||3.5|
A international comparison of seasonally adjusted retail sales figures shows that in Denmark retail sales decreased by 1.3 per cent, while Sweden and Norway experienced a growth of 1.2 and 0.3 per cent respectively.
|International comparison. 2000=100|
|Retail sales value index||
Retail sales, volume index.
Seasonally adjusted numbers
Change in per cent.
|December 2003||Change in per cent|