|Seasonally Adjusted Retail Sales Index - All Businesses|
|(Base Year 2015 = 100)|
|Volume Index||Value Index|
|Monthly % change||-2.2||-3.4|
|Annual % change||-2.8||-4.1|
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.