Retail sales up
Wholesale and retail trade and service activities;Income and consumption
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Index of wholesale and retail salesMarch 2006



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Retail sales up

The seasonally-adjusted volume index of retail sales increased by 0.8 per cent from February to March 2006.

The sales index for March is difficult to compare with the same month in 2005 due to Easter. The seasonally-adjusted index takes 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 volume index, seasonally adjusted. 2000-2006

The volume index without adjustments increased by 8.7 per cent in March 2006 compared with March 2005. The total value index of retail sales rose by 7.6 per cent in this period.

Retail Sales indices. March 2006. 2000=100
       March 2006 Per cent
March 2006
    March 2005-
March 2006
    April 2004-
   March 2005 -
April 2005-
March 2006
   March 2005 -
March 2006
Retail sales value index exclude value added tax :
Total excluding motor vehicles and petrol
 115.4   7.6 4.3 5.1
Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles
and petrol. Not seasonally adjusted numbers
 114.7   8.7 5.1 6.0
Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles
and petrol. Seasonally adjusted numbers
 122.7 0.8 7.7 5.1 5.7

International comparison

A comparison of turnover for retail trade, seasonally adjusted, shows that Sweden had an increase from February to March 2006 by 0.1 per cent, while Denmark and Norway experienced decreases of 1.0 and 1.8 per cent respectively during this period. From March 2005 to March 2006, the value index without adjustments rose by 5.4 per cent in Sweden, 4.6 per cent in Denmark and 2.1 per cent in Norway.

International comparison. 2000=100
  Retail sales value index Retail sales, volume index. Seasonally adjusted numbers
     February 2006 Change in
per cent.
   February 2005-
   February 2006
February 2006 Change in per cent
     February 2005-
February 2006
   January 2006-
February 2006
Sweden  110.1 5.4  132.1 7.7 0.1
Denmark     106.6 4.6  122.7 3.8 -1.0
Norway  100.7 2.1  121.6 2.8 -1.8