Increase in retail sales
Wholesale and retail trade and service activities;Income and consumption
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Index of wholesale and retail salesNovember 2013

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Increase in retail sales

The seasonally-adjusted volume index of retail sales showed an increase of 0.5 per cent from October to November 2013. This follows a decrease of 1.0 per cent from September to October.

Retail Sales indices, 2005=100
November 2013Change in per cent
October 2013 - November 2013November 2012 - November 2013September 2012 / November 2012 - September 2013 / November 2013
Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Seasonally adjusted numbers126.40.5
Retail sales volume index: Excluding motor vehicles and motorcycles and automotive fuel. Seasonally adjusted numbers131.40.3
Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Workingday adjusted numbers127.91.21.3
Retail sales value index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Working days adjusted numbers138.42.12.1
Figure 1. Retail sales volume index, seasonally adjusted and trend

Several industries experienced an increase in sales volume from October to November this year. Stores selling sports equipment and grocery stores were among those who had an increase in sales volume. This also applies to Internet sales and petrol stations. Sales of furniture and household articles and ICT equipment, on the other hand, showed a decrease in this period.

Working-day adjusted figures show that retail sales rose by 1.3 per cent in the period September-November 2013 compared to the same three-month period in 2012.

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Weights for calculating the aggregated volume indices were changed as from November 2013. The same weights are used for aggregating the seasonally-adjusted series and remained the same for the entire period.