This is an archived release.
Retail sales down
The seasonally-adjusted volume index of retail sales decreased by 0.4per cent from March to April 2006.
The sales index for March and April 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 and April is therefore more uncertain than the seasonally-adjusted indices for the other months.
The volume index without adjustments decreased by 4.1 per cent in April 2006 compared with April 2005. The total value index of retail sales decreased by 4.2 per cent in this period.
|Retail Sales indices. April 2006. 2000=100|
|April 2006||Change in per cent|
|March-April 2006||April 2005-April 2006||May 2004-April 2005-May 2005-April 2006||January-April 2005-January-April 2006|
|Retail sales value index exclude value added tax : Total excluding motor vehicles and petrol||111.3||-4.2||3.4||2.6|
|Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Not seasonally adjusted numbers||110.3||-4.1||4.1||3.3|
|Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Seasonally adjusted numbers||121.7||-0.4||-1.2||4.3||3.8|