This is an archived release.
Retail sales down
The seasonally adjusted volume index of retail sales decreased by 3.9 per cent from February to March 2005.
The sales index for March is difficult to compare with the same month in 2004 due to Easter. The seasonally adjusted index takes the placement of Easter into account, but it is difficult to correct for Easter shopping. The seasonally adjusted index for March is therefore more uncertain than the seasonally adjusted indices for the other months.
|Retail Sales indices. March 2005. 2000=100|
|March 2005||Change in per cent|
|February-March 2005||March 2004-March 2005||April 2003-March 2004-April 2004-March 2005||January-March 2004-January-March 2005|
|Retail sales value index exclude value added tax : Total excluding motor vehicles and petrol||107.2||-1.8||2.5||-0.2|
|Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Not seasonally adjusted numbers||105.7||-0.8||2.4||0.7|
|Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Seasonally adjusted numbers||113.1||-3.9||-2.7||2.5||1.9|
The volume index not adjusted decreased by 0.8 per cent in March 2005 compared with March 2004. Retail sales of new goods in specialised stores decreased by 5.8 per cent in this period. Sales of new goods in specialised stores include clothing, shoes, electrical goods, furniture and building materials. Retail sales in non-specialised stores, which mainly include food stores, increased by 1.4 per cent from March 2004 to March 2005.
The total value index of retail sales decreased by 1.8 per cent in this period.
|Internationale comparison. 2000=100|
|Retail sales value index||Retail sales, volume index. Seasonally adjusted numbers|
|February 2005||Change in per cent February 2004-February 2005||February 2005||Change in per cent|
|February 2004-February 2005||January-February 2005|