This is an archived release.
Strong month for retail sales
The seasonally-adjusted volume index of retail sales increased by 1.7 per cent from July to August this year.
The non-adjusted volume index increased by 6.7 per cent from August 2010 to August 2011. During the same period, the volume index, excluding petrol stations, increased by 7.6 per cent.
From August last year to August this year the value index increased by 6.9 per cent, and the value index excluding petrol stations increased by 6.5 per cent.
|August 2011||Per cent|
September 2009-August 2010-
September 2010-August 2011
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Seasonally adjusted numbers||120.5||1.7|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles and sales on petrol station. Seasonally adjusted numbers||124.5||1.3|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Not seasonally adjusted numbers||127.1||6.7||2.6||2.4|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles and sales on petrol station. Not seasonally adjusted numbers||131.0||7.6||3.0||2.9|
|Retail sales value index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles||134.6||6.9||2.6||2.9|
|Retail sales value index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles and sales on petrol station||134.2||6.5||2.3||2.4|
Turnover by product group for petrol stations
The turnover by product group for petrol stations will hopefully be published at the end of October, due to missing information from some respondents for June, July and August. Total turnover is included in the publication for these months.
The Index of retail sales - objective and scope
The objective of the Index of retail sales is to describe the value and volume development in retail sales, excluding sales of motor vehicles. Retail sales consist of enterprises involved in the sale of new and used goods to private households. The sale is executed from either a fixed or moveable sales outlet, a market place or via the Internet or mail order. Examples of retail sales can be: sale of food, beverages, clothing, shoes, domestic electrical appliances, furniture, building equipment and so on.
Value indices and volume indices
Value indices show the development in turnover not adjusted for changes in prices. Volume indices show the development in turnover corrected for price changes. This is also referred to as the development in fixed prices.
Regarding seasonal adjustment, previously published seasonally-adjusted numbers may be revised when new numbers for a new month in the series are published.