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CSO statistical release, 27 April 2018, 11am

Retail Sales Index

March 2018 (Provisional) February 2018 (Final)

Seasonally Adjusted Retail Sales Index - All Businesses
 (Base Year 2015 = 100)
     Volume IndexValue Index
March 2018107.4100.6
February 2018109.9104.2
March 2017110.4104.9
Monthly % change-2.2-3.4
Annual % change-2.8-4.1

Retail Sales volume decreased by 2.2% in March 2018

Figure 1 Retail Sales Index - Seasonally Adjusted Volume
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Seasonally adjusted, the volume of retail sales decreased by 2.2% in the month of March, with an annual decrease of 2.8%. See Table 1. If Motor Trades are excluded, there was a decrease of 1.4% in the volume of retail sales in March 2018 when compared with February 2018 and there was an increase of 2.3% in the annual figure. See Table 2.

The sectors with the largest monthly volume decreases were Hardware, Paints & Glass (-11.4%) and Furniture & Lighting (-8.4%). See Table 3. The sectors with the largest month on month volume increases were Electrical Goods (0.9%) and Bars (0.6%). 

There was a decrease of 3.4% in the value of retail sales in March 2018 when compared with February 2018 and there was an annual decrease of 4.1% when compared with March 2017. If Motor Trades are excluded there was a decrease of 1.7% in the month and an increase of 0.2% in the annual figure.

Unadjusted indices are available on CSO Statbank.