On retail trade turnover in March 2008

30.04.2008

Compared to the corresponding period of 2007, in the 1st quarter of 2008 retail trade turnover, according to working day adjusted data, has decreased by 1.1%, according to the data of the Central Statistical Bureau. Moreover, the turnover of non-food products has retained only slight increase – 0.3%, but retail trade of food products has decreased by 3.6%.

Turnover indices in retail trade enterprises
2000 = 100%, at constant prices, seasonally adjusted data

Compared to February, in March 2008 retail trade turnover has decreased by 1.5%1. Turnover of food products has reduced by 0.4%, but of non-food products – by 2%. Turnover has reduced in all sectors of retail trade. Slight increase of retail trade was recorded only in specialised stores selling food, beverages and tobacco – by 2.0% and in specialised stores selling miscellaneous goods (sports commodities, optics, products for garden, computers, household chemicals etc.) – by 7.0%.

Changes of turnover in retail trade enterprises
As % of previous month, at constant prices, seasonally adjusted data

Compared to March 2007, in March of this year retail trade turnover has reduced by 3.4%2. The decrease was observed in both, group of food products and in group of non-food products, by 4.8% and 2.0%, respectively. The most rapid decrease – by 14.9%, of retail trade was observed in enterprises selling textiles, clothing, and footwear and leather ware.

The retail trade turnover has grown only in retail trade of furniture, household goods, electrical appliances and construction materials – by 5.5% and in retail trade of pharmaceutical and medical goods, cosmetics and toiletry – by 3.4%. In none of the months of 2008 the retail trade turnover within these groups has not been lower than in corresponding period of previous year.

Turnover indices of retail trade enterprises by main kind of economic activity in March 2008

At constant prices

I-III 2008 in % over

I-III 2007

(working day adjusted)

III 2008 in % over

II 2008

III 2007

non-
adjusted

seasonally
adjusted

non-
adjusted

Working day adjusted

Total

98.9

106.7

98.5

96.1

96.6

of which in enterprises with main activity

Retail trade with food products, total

96.4

109.3

99.6

94.6

95.2

retail trade in non-specialised stores selling mainly food

96.2

109.2

99.2

94.9

94.7

retail trade in food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores

87.2

112.0

102.0

86.8

86.8

Retail trade with non-food products, total

100.3

105.3

98.0

97.0

98.0

retail trade in non-specialised stores selling mainly non-food

106.1

99.4

88.5

96.3

96.3

retail trade in pharmaceutical and medical goods, cosmetics and toiletry

106.7

98.4

99.2

102.6

103.4

retail trade in textiles, clothing, footwear and leather ware

98.2

95.0

97.2

84.2

85.1

retail trade in furniture, lighting fixtures, household goods, electrical appliances, radio, TV goods, construction materials, paints, glassware and other goods

105.9

110.3

98.8

104.2

105.5

other retail trade in specialised stores

87.6

112.1

107.0

91.1

93.3

retail trade in second-hand goods

91.1

70.5

retail trade outside stores

100.2

98.7

… data are not calculated yet

Compared to February, in March 2008 retail trade turnover of enterprises the main activity of which is the sale of motor vehicles, motorcycles and parts thereof and automotive fuel has decreased by 10.5%1, but compared to the March of previous year, the decrease constituted 16.1%2, of which – in the retail trade of motor vehicles, motorcycles and parts thereof - by 18.8%, but in the trade of automotive fuel - by 8.1%.

Compared to the corresponding period before, in the 1st quarter of 2008 the turnover of this sector has reduced by 8.3%, of which in the retail trade of motor vehicles, motorcycles and parts thereof - by 8.4% and in the trade of automotive fuel – by 8.0%.

More information on seasonally adjusted data, working day adjusted data and non-adjusted data on retail trade turnover indices is available in the data base of the CSB.

Prepared by the Trade and Services Statistics Section
Tel. 67366632
Dzintra Bērziņa

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1 Seasonally adjusted data, at constant prices.
2 Working (trade) day adjusted data, at constant prices.