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Minor changes in retail sales
The seasonally-adjusted volume index of retail sales decreased by 0.2 per cent from March to April this year.
The non-adjusted volume index increased by 3.9 per cent in the three-month period from February to April this year compared to the same period in 2011.
|April 2012||Change in per cent|
February 2011-April 2011-
February 2012-April 2012
January -April 2011-
January -April 2012
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Seasonally adjusted numbers||123.8||-0.2|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles and sales on petrol station. Seasonally adjusted numbers||128.5||-0.1|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Not seasonally adjusted numbers||106.6||-3.7||3.9||4.4|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles and sales on petrol station. Not seasonally adjusted numbers||109.6||-3.7||4.3||4.9|
|Retail sales value index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles||116.9||-3.1||4.8||5.3|
|Retail sales value index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles and sales on petrol station||115.8||-3.7||4.7||5.2|
Change in method of seasonal adjustment
As part of the correction for the Easter holiday, it is usual to take into account if the days before Maundy Thursday appear in March or April. Models used were based on a three-day period (Monday to Wednesday), but it does not normally matter exactly how many days are selected. This year, on the other hand, it actually has significance, since Palm Sunday is on 1 April. If a period of seven days is chosen, the effect of pre-Easter this year will be divided between March and April. Based on this we have decided to change the pre-Easter period from three to seven days. As a consequence of this, the seasonally-adjusted numbers for March, published on 27 April, have been adjusted downward.
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.
- Table 1 Retail sales. Index of value. 2005=100
- Table 2 Retail sales. Index of volume. Unadjusted 2005=100
- Table 3 Retail sales. Index of volume. Seasonally adjusted 2005=100
- Table 4 Retail sales value index. Exclude value added tax. April 2012. 2005=100
- Table 5 Petrol stations, turnover statistics
- Table 6 Petrol stations, turnover statistics. 2011 and January-April 2012. NOK 1 000
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