This is an archived release.
Decline in retail sales
The seasonally-adjusted volume index of retail sales decreased by 0.5 per cent from January to February 2016. This follows an increase of 0.9 per cent from December 2015 to January 2016.
|February 2016||Change in per cent|
|January 2016 - February 2016||February 2015 - February 2016||December 2014 / February 2015 - December 2015 / February 2016|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Seasonally adjusted numbers||108.7||-0.5|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding motor vehicles and motorcycles and automotive fuel. Seasonally adjusted numbers||109.9||-0.5|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Workingday adjusted numbers||91.8||-0.5||-0.5|
|Retail sales value index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Working days adjusted numbers||99.1||2.6||2.5|
Most industries had a decrease in sales volume from January to February this year. Grocery stores and sales of food and beverages in specialized stores contributed particularly to the decrease. Grocery stores contributed about 39 per cent of total turnover in retail sales. Retail sales of building equipment, sport equipment, and footwear also contributed to the decrease in this period.
Sales at petrol stations, sales of electrical household appliances, audio and video equipment and books on the other hand had a minor increase in the seasonally-adjusted volume index from January to February this year.
Working-day adjusted figures show that retail sales decreased by 0.5 per cent in the period December 2015–February 2016 compared to the same three-month period in 2014–2015.