This is an archived release.
Stable retail sales
The seasonally adjusted index of retail sales increased by 0.4 per cent from March to April this year.
The seasonally adjusted volume index of retail sales in non-specialised stores increased by 0.5 per cent from March to April this year. Retail sales in non-specialised stores mainly include everyday commodities. Other sales of new goods in specialised stores, including clothing, shoes, electrical goods, furniture, and construction materials rose by 0.1 per cent in the same period.
Due to Easter, it is difficult to compare the sales index for March and April with the corresponding month in 2007. The seasonally adjusted index takes Easter into account, but it is difficult to correct for Easter shopping. Therefore, the seasonally adjusted index for March and April is more uncertain than the seasonally adjusted indices for the other months.
The volume index not adjusted increased by 12.0 per cent from April 2007 to April 2008. In the same period, the value index rose by 13.6 per cent.
|April 2008||Per cent|
|March-April 2008||April 2007-April 2008||May 2006-April 2007-May 2007-April 2008||January-April 2007-January-April 2008|
|Retail sales value index exclude value added tax : Total excluding motor vehicles and petrol||136.6||13.6||7.2||6.2|
|Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Not seasonally adjusted numbers||133.0||12.0||6.5||4.8|
|Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Seasonally adjusted numbers||139.6||0.4||3.2||6.1||3.9|
Decline in Denmark and Norway
A comparison of the seasonally adjusted volume indexes for the Scandinavian countries shows a decrease of 2.1 per cent in Denmark and 0.4 per cent in Norway from February to March this year. In Sweden, on the other hand, the index increased by 0.4 per cent. From March 2007 to March 2008, the value index not adjusted decreased by 4.8 per cent in Norway and 2.5 per cent in Denmark. Sweden had an increase of 0.3 per cent the same period.
|Retail sales value index||Retail sales, volume index. Seasonally adjusted numbers|
Change in per cent.
March 2007-March 2008
|March 2008||Change in per cent|
|March 2007-March 2008||February 2008-March 2008|