This is an archived release.
Retail sales up in August
The seasonally-adjusted volume index of retail sales increased by 0.6 per cent from July to August this year. This follows a decrease of 1.5 per cent from June to July.
|August 2014||Change in per cent|
|July 2014 - August 2014||August 2013 - August 2014||June 2013 / August 2013 - June 2014 / August 2014|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Seasonally adjusted numbers||128.7||0.6|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding motor vehicles and motorcycles and automotive fuel. Seasonally adjusted numbers||134.3||0.9|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Workingday adjusted numbers||133.0||1.9||1.8|
|Retail sales value index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Working days adjusted numbers||144.9||3.1||3.5|
Several industries had an increase in sales volume from June to June this year. Stores selling clothing and shoes, books and sales via mail order and the Internet were among the industries that contributed to the growth. Grocery stores, sales of automotive fuel in specialised stores and sales of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores, however, showed a decrease from July to August this year.
Working-day adjusted figures show that retail sales rose by 1.8 per cent in the period June-August 2014 compared to the same three-month period in 2013.