This is an archived release.
More shopping in March
The seasonally-adjusted volume index of retail sales showed an increase of 1.0 per cent from February to March 2014. This follows a smaller increase from the preceding two months.
|March 2014||Change in per cent|
|February 2014 - March 2014||March 2013 - March 2014||January 2013 / March 2013 - January 2014 / March 2014|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Seasonally adjusted numbers||128.4||1.0|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding motor vehicles and motorcycles and automotive fuel. Seasonally adjusted numbers||134.0||1.1|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Workingday adjusted numbers||119.5||1.6||0.8|
|Retail sales value index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Working days adjusted numbers||131.6||3.9||3.0|
Several industries had an increase in sales volume from February to March this year. Stores selling sports equipment, building materials and textiles were among the industries that had an increase. Grocery stores and sales of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores also increased during this period. Sales via the Internet and sales of ICT equipment in specialised stores, however, had a decrease in sales volume from February to March 2014.
Working-day adjusted figures show that retail sales rose by 0.8 per cent in the period January-March 2014 compared to the same three-month period in 2013.
Due to Easter, it is difficult to compare the sales index for March and April with the corresponding months in 2013. The seasonally-adjusted index takes Easter into account, but it is difficult to correct for Easter shopping. Therefore, the seasonally-adjusted index for March and April is more uncertain than the seasonally-adjusted indices for the other months.