Sales increase in Finnish department stores

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Retail trade sales in Finland grew by 0.4 percent in March from one year ago.

In daily consumer goods trade, sales decreased by 0.8 percent from the previous year. By contrast, sales in department store trade increased by 2.5 percent.

According to Statistics Finland, in March, the sales volume in retail trade grew by 1.2 percent from one year back.

Thus, the volume of total sales was 1.4 percent higher in March than one year earlier.

The volume index of sales is calculated by removing the effect of price changes from the value index series.

Motor vehicle sales also grew by 5.6 percent from the year before. In volume, motor vehicle trade grew by 5.5 percent
In wholesale trade, sales, in turn, went down by 1.3 percent from March 2014. The volume, in turn, went up by 0.5 percent from March 2014.

Retail trade sales fell by 0.7 percent in the first quarter from one year ago.
In the January to March period, sales contracted by 0.7 percent in retail trade and by 5.1 percent in wholesale trade compared to January to March 2014. Sales in motor vehicle trade, in turn, decreased by 1.3 percent from the corresponding period in 2014. Total trade sales went down by 3.3 percent over the corresponding period.