Decline in retail sales
Wholesale and retail trade and service activities;Income and consumption
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Index of wholesale and retail salesSeptember 2008



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Decline in retail sales

The seasonally-adjusted volume index of retail sales decreased by 0.4 per cent from August to September this year.

Retail sales volume index seasonally adjusted. 2002-2008

The volume index without adjustments increased by 2.3 per cent from September 2007 to September 2008. In the same period, the value index increased by 4.7 per cent.

Retail Sales indices. September 2008. 2000=100
  September 2008 Change in per cent
  August-September 2008 September 2007-
September 2008
October 2006-September 2007-
October 2007-September 2008
January-September 2007-
January-September 2008
Retail sales value index exclude value added tax: Total excluding motor vehicles and petrol  139.1   4.7 5.4 4.8
Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Not seasonally adjusted numbers  135.5   2.3 4.1 3.1
Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Seasonally adjusted numbers  139.7 -0.4 0.5 3.7 2.9

Comparison with Denmark and Sweden

A comparison of the seasonally-adjusted volume index for the Scandinavian countries shows an increase of 0.3, 0.6 and 0.7 per cent respectively in Sweden, Norway and Denmark from July to August this year. From August 2007 to August 2008, the value index without adjustments decreased by 4.4 per cent in Denmark, while Norway and Sweden had an increase of 2.7 and 2.8 per cent respectively.

Internationale comparison
  Retail sales value index
Change in per cent.
August 2007-August 2008
Retail sales, volume index. Seasonally adjusted numbers
  Change in per cent
  August 2007-
August 2008
July 2008-
August 2008
Sweden 2.2 2.8 0.3
Denmark -2.4 -4.4 0.7
Norway 1.1 2.7 0.6