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Good retail sales in May
The seasonally-adjusted volume index of retail sales rose by 1.7 per cent from April to May this year, after a slow decrease in April. The trading volume in May is the highest figure ever recorded.
Sales at petrol stations and shops selling groceries, clothing and footwear contribute especially to the increase in trading volume from April to May this year.
The non-adjusted volume index increased by 3.0 per cent in the three-month period from March to May this year compared to the same period in 2011.
|May 2012||Change in per centt|
March 2011-May 2011-
March 2012-May 2012
January -May 2011-
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Seasonally adjusted numbers||126.1||1.7|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles and sales on petrol station. Seasonally adjusted numbers||130.7||1.6|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Not seasonally adjusted numbers||122.7||4.1||3.0||4.4|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles and sales on petrol station. Not seasonally adjusted numbers||126.1||4.2||3.3||4.7|
|Retail sales value index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles||134.7||5.2||3.9||5.3|
|Retail sales value index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles and sales on petrol station||133.8||5.1||3.9||5.2|
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.
With regard to seasonal adjustment, previously published seasonally-adjusted numbers may be revised when new numbers for a new month in the series are published.
- 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. May 2012. 2005=100
- Table 5 Petrol stations, turnover statistics
- Table 6 Petrol stations, turnover statistics. 2011 and January-May 2012. NOK 1 000