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Retail sales up more than 3 per cent
The seasonally adjusted volume index of retail sales rose by 3.2 per cent from February to March this year. The average seasonally adjusted volume index for the period January - March 2004 is 4.9 per cent higher than for the same period in 2003.
The seasonally adjusted volume index takes the timing of Easter into account. There is nevertheless considerable uncertainty in the model we use to correct for Easter. The seasonally adjusted index for March is therefore more uncertain than the index for the other months.
The volume of retail sales was 8.2 per cent higher in March 2004 than in the same month one year earlier. Retail sales figures exclude motor vehicles and petrol.
The volume index of retail sales not in stores increased by 15.9 per cent during this period. 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 12.6 and 10.3 per cent respectively. Sales of new goods in specialized stores include clothing, shoes, electrical goods, furniture and building materials. Retail sales of food, beverages and tobacco in specialized stores increased by 8.0 per cent in March 2004 compared with March 2003. In non-specialized stores, which mainly include food stores, the volume sales rose by 5.2 per cent.
The value index of retail sales increased by 8.4 per cent in March 2004 compared with March 2003.
|Retail Sales indices. March 2004. 2000=100|
|March 2004||Per cent|
April 2002-March 2003-
April 2003-March 2004
|Retail sales value index exclude value added tax : Total excluding motor vehicles and petrol||109.2||8.4||4.5||5.8|
|Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Not seasonally adjusted numbers||106.1||8.2||4.7||5.7|
|Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Seasonally adjusted numbers||114.4||3.2||7.6||4.6||4.9|
A comparison of turnover for retail trade, seasonally adjusted, shows that Norway had a decrease from January to February 2004 by 1.2 per cent. In Denmark and Sweden there was an increase by 2.7 and 2.5 per cent respectively this period.
|Internationale comparison. 2000=100|
|Retail sales value index||Retail sales, volume index. Seasonally adjusted numbers|
|February 2004||Change in per cent||February 2004||Change in per cent|
|February 2003-February 2004||February 2003-February 2004||January 2004-February 2004|