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March strong month for retail sales
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2012-04-27T10:00:00.000Z
Wholesale and retail trade and service activities;Income and consumption
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doi, Index of retail sales, retail sales, volume index, value index, retail trade, commodity trade, turnover (for example groceries, clothing, building materials)Wholesale and retail trade , Consumption, Income and consumption, Wholesale and retail trade and service activities
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Index of retail salesMarch 2012

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March strong month for retail sales

The seasonally-adjusted volume index of retail sales increased by 2.1 per cent from February to March this year, after an increase in both January and February.

Retail sales volume index seasonally-adjusted and trend. 2002-2012

The non-adjusted volume index increased by 7.3 per cent in the three-month period from January to March this year compared to the same period in 2011.

Retail Sales indices. March 2012. 2005=100
  March 2012 Change in per cent
  February 2012-March 2012 March 2011-March 2012 January-March 2011-January-March 2012
Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Seasonally adjusted numbers  126.4 2.1    
Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles and sales on petrol station. Seasonally adjusted numbers  131.1 2.4    
Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Not seasonally adjusted numbers  118.3   8.7 7.3
Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles and sales on petrol station. Not seasonally adjusted numbers  122.4   9.6 7.9
Retail sales value index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles  129.0   9.7 8.3
Retail sales value index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles and sales on petrol station  129.1   10.2 8.4

Seasonally-adjusted numbers more uncertain in March and April

It is important to be aware of the extra uncertainty connected to seasonally-adjusted numbers for March and April due to different placement of the Easter holidays from year to year. This year the Easter holidays occurred early in April, which influence turnover in March. The seasonal adjustment takes this into account, but it is hard to estimate all effects because of this. Only when the April numbers are published can the seasonally-adjusted numbers for March become clearer.

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.

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