This is an archived release.
Continued growth in retail sales
The seasonally-adjusted volume index of retail sales showed an increase of 0.5 per cent from March to April 2014. This follows an increase of 1.0 per cent from February to March.
|April 2014||Change in per cent|
|March 2014 - April 2014||April 2013 - April 2014||February 2013 / April 2013 - February 2014 / April 2014|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Seasonally adjusted numbers||129.3||0.5|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding motor vehicles and motorcycles and automotive fuel. Seasonally adjusted numbers||135.0||0.5|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Workingday adjusted numbers||118.0||3.4||1.9|
|Retail sales value index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Working days adjusted numbers||130.2||5.3||3.9|
Several industries had an increase in sales volume from March to April this year. Stores selling building materials, hardware and paints 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 of sports equipment, games and toys, however, had a decrease in sales volume from March to April 2014.
Working-day adjusted figures show that retail sales rose by 1.9 per cent in the period February-April 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.