This is an archived release.
Growth in retail sales
The seasonally-adjusted volume index of retail sales increased by 2.0 per cent from March to April this year. This follows an increase of 0.3 per cent from February to March this year.
|April 2015||Change in per cent|
|March 2015 - April 2015||April 2014 - April 2015||February 2014 / April 2014 - February 2015 / April 2015|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Seasonally adjusted numbers||133.5||2.0|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding motor vehicles and motorcycles and automotive fuel. Seasonally adjusted numbers||139.0||2.3|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Workingday adjusted numbers||123.1||3.8||2.4|
|Retail sales value index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Working days adjusted numbers||138.1||5.3||3.9|
Most industries had an increase in sales volume from March to April this year. Sales in grocery stores made a particular contribution to the growth. Grocery stores contributed about 38 per cent of total turnover in retail sales.
Sales of ICT equipment, sports and leisure equipment, clothing and footwear, and sales via mail order and the Internet also contributed to the increase from March to April this year. Sales at petrol stations and stores selling telecommunication equipment however, had a decrease during this period.
Working-day adjusted figures show that retail sales rose by 2.2 per cent in the period February to April 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.