Retail sales were in the period February-April by 0.6 per cent . higher than in November-January . From March to April retail sales increased 0.1 percent . It is the same increase as from February to March .
Sales of consumable items including covers household and leisure time equipment , rose in April by 0.4 per cent . , while sales of food and other groceries remained unchanged. Sales of clothing, etc. . , Which is approx. 10 per cent . of the total revenue , fell 1.3 percent . and pulled all total retail sales in April, down slightly . The figures are adjusted for inflation and normal seasonal fluctuations.
Increased sales than in the same month a year earlier
Adjusted for price developments, but not for seasonal fluctuations and the impact of trading days, the retail sales in April was 2.6 percent higher than in the same month a year earlier. This was particularly pulled up by the sale of food and other groceries with an increase of 5.4 percent.
This increase should of course be seen in light of the fact that the traditional big Easter sale of food products in 2013 was in March, while the this year was located in April.
Total retail sales in the period February-April was 1.1 percent higher than in the same period last year. Sales of consumer goods was 2.1 percent higher, and sales of food and other everyday commodities was 0.9 percent higher while sales of clothing etc was 2.2 percent lower in February-April than in the same period last year.
Retail sale via mailorder houses, consisting mainly of internet shops, had 17 percent higher sales in March than in the same month last year.
Shoe sale went up 14 percent and for bicycle and moped sales outlets in March were as much as 31 percent higher than in the same month a year earlier .
The figures for March and April are preliminary.