Norwegians are shopping less
Wholesale and retail trade and service activities;Income and consumption
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Index of wholesale and retail salesOctober 2008



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Norwegians are shopping less

The seasonally adjusted volume index of retail sales decreased by 0.9 per cent from September to October this year, and it has not been at this level since January this year. Nearly all business sectors have experienced a decrease from September to October this year.

Retail sales volume index seasonally adjusted. 2002-2008

The volume index without adjustment increased by 0.7 per cent from October 2007 to October 2008, while the value index increased by 3.0 per cent in the same period.

Retail Sales indices. October 2008. 2000=100
  October 2008 Per cent
October 2008
October 2007-
October 2008
November 2006-October 2007-
November 2007-October 2008
January -October 2007-
January -October 2008
Retail sales value index exclude value added tax : Total excluding motor vehicles and petrol  143.1   3.0 4.9 4.6
Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Not seasonally adjusted numbers  139.3   0.7 3.5 2.9
Retail sales volume index: Total, excluding motor vehicles and petrol. Seasonally adjusted numbers  138.1 -0.9 -0.5 3.1 2.5

Decrease in Denmark and Norway

A comparison of the seasonally adjusted volume indices for the Scandinavian countries shows a decrease of 0.5 per cent in both Denmark and Norway, while Sweden had an increase of 0.2 per cent. From September 2007 to September 2008 the value index without adjustment decreased by 0.1 per cent in Denmark, while it rose in Norway and Sweden by 4.7 and 3.8 per cent respectively.

Comparison in Scandinavian
  Retail sales value index.
Change in per cent.
September 2007-
September 2008
Retail sales, volume index.
Seasonally adjusted numbers
  Change in per cent
  September 2007-
September 2008
August 2008-
September 2008
Sweden 3.8 -0.6 -0.5
Denmark -0.1 -5.4 0.2
Norway 4.7 0.4 -0.5