This is an archived release.
Retail sales down in March
The seasonally-adjusted volume index of retail sales decreased by 0.7 per cent from February to March this year. This follows a decrease of 0.5 per cent from January to February this year.
|March 2016||Change in per cent|
|February 2016 - March 2016||March 2015 - March 2016||January 2015 / March 2015 - January 2016 / March 2016|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Seasonally adjusted numbers||107.9||-0.7|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding motor vehicles and motorcycles and automotive fuel. Seasonally adjusted numbers||109.8||-0.1|
|Retail sales volume index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Workingday adjusted numbers||100.7||-1.7||-0.6|
|Retail sales value index: Excluding sales of motor vehicles. Working days adjusted numbers||109.0||0.6||2.2|
Grocery stores and sales of food and beverages in specialised stores in particular contributed to the decrease from February to March this year. Grocery stores contributed about 40 per cent of total turnover in retail sales. Retail sales of building equipment, furniture, audio and video equipment and sales at petrol stations also contributed to the decrease in this period.
Retail sales of telecommunications equipment, clothing and footwear on the other hand had a minor increase in the seasonally-adjusted volume index from February to March this year.
Working-day adjusted figures show that retail sales decreased by 0.6 per cent in the period January– March this year compared to the same three-month period last year.
Due to Easter, it is difficult to compare the sales index for March and April with the corresponding months in 2015. The seasonally-adjusted index takes the Easter holidays in March or April 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.