This is an archived release.
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.
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.
|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.
- 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. March 2012. 2005=100
- Table 5 Petrol stations, turnover statistics
- Table 6 Petrol stations, turnover statistics. 2011 and January-march 2012. NOK 1 000