This is an archived release.
Small increase in retail sales
The seasonally-adjusted volume index of retail sales increased by 0.3 per cent from February to March this year. This follows an increase of 0.9 per cent from January to February 2015.
|March 2015||Change in per cent|
|February 2015 - March 2015||March 2014 - March 2015||January 2014 / March 2014 - January 2015 / March 2015|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Seasonally adjusted numbers||130.2||0.3|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding motor vehicles and motorcycles and automotive fuel. Seasonally adjusted numbers||135.1||0.1|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Workingday adjusted numbers||120.8||1.0||1.3|
|Retail sales value index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Working days adjusted numbers||135.2||2.7||2.7|
Most industries had an increase in sales volume from February to March this year. Sales at petrol stations and retail sales of sports and leisure equipment made a particular contribution to the growth. Sales of clothing and footwear also contributed to the increase from February to March this year. Grocery stores and sales via mail order and the Internet, however, had a decrease during this period.
Working-day adjusted figures show that retail sales rose by 1.4 per cent in the period January to March 2015 compared to the same three-month period in 2014.
Due to Easter, it is difficult to compare the sales index for March and April with the corresponding months in 2014. The seasonally-adjusted index takes Easter into account, but it is difficult to correct for Easter shopping. Therefore, the seasonally-adjusted index for March is more uncertain than the seasonally-adjusted indices for the other months.