This is an archived release.
Slight increase in retail sales
The seasonally adjusted volume index of retail sales rose by 1.3 per cent from July to August 2004. The average seasonally adjusted volume index for the period June - August 2004 is 1.9 per cent higher than the period March - May 2004.
Retail sales figures exclude motor vehicles and petrol.
The volume index of retail sales increased by 2.4 per cent in August compared with August last year. Retail sales of pharmaceutical and medical goods, cosmetic and toiletries increased by 9.4 per cent during this period. Retail sales not in stores, which include retail sales via mail order houses, increased by 8.0 per cent in August compared with August last year. Retail sales of new goods in specialized stores increased by 4.1 per cent during this period. Sales of new goods in specialized stores include clothing, shoes, electrical goods, furniture and building materials. Retail sales in non-specialized stores, which mainly include food stores, and retail sales of food, beverages and tobacco in specialized stores decreased by 0.1 and 1.2 per cent respectively in August compared with August last year.
The value index up 2.2 per cent
The value index of retail sales increased by 2.2 per cent in August compared with August last year. The average value index for 2004 so far is 4.1 per cent higher than in the same period last year.
|Retail Sales Indices. August 2004. 2000=100|
|August 2004||Per cent|
|July-August 2004||August 2003-August 2004||September 2002-August 2003-September 2003-August 2004||January-August 2003-January-August 2004|
|Retail sales value index exclude value added tax : Total excluding motor vehicles and petrol||1118.1||2.2||4.2||4.1|
|Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Not seasonally adjusted numbers||117.1||2.4||4.6||4.2|
|Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Seasonally adjusted numbers||115.6||1.3||3.6||4.1||3.8|
|1||The figure was corrected 29 September 2004 at 12.15.|