This is an archived release.
Retail sales down 0.8 per cent
The seasonally adjusted volume index of retail sales decreased by 0.8 per cent from January to February.
Retail sales figures exclude motor vehicles and petrol.
The volume of retail sales was 4.1 per cent higher in February 2004 than in the same month one year earlier. The volume index of retail sales not in stores increased by 9.7 per cent. This sector includes retail sales via mail order companies. Retail sales of pharmaceutical and medical goods, cosmetics and toiletries and retail sales of new goods in specialized stores rose by 6.1 and 5.0 per cent respectively. Sales of new goods in specialized stores include clothing, shoes, electrical goods, furniture and building materials. In non-specialized stores, which mainly include food stores, the volume sales rose by 2.9 per cent. Retail sales of food, beverages and tobacco in specialized stores increased by 3.4 per cent in February 2004 compared with February 2003.
The value index of retail sales increased by 4.7 per cent in February 2004 compared with February 2003.
|Retail Sales indices. February 2004. 2000=100|
|February 2004||Per cent|
|January 2004-February 2004||February 2003-February 2004||March 2002-February 2003-March 2003-February 2004||January-February 2003-January-February 2004|
|Retail sales value index exclude value added tax : Total excluding motor vehicles and petrol||95.5||4.1||4.0||4.4|
|Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Not seasonally adjusted numbers||93.3||4.1||4.2||4.4|
|Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Seasonally adjusted numbers||110.9||-0.8||2.6||4.0||3.5|