According to Statistics Finland, retail trade sales fell by 0.9 per cent in April from April 2008. Sales volume fell by 2.4 per cent during the same time period. The volume of daily consumer goods sales also fell by 2.5 per cent. The decrease in sales was due to Easter being in April this year, while last year it was in March. This April contained two fewer trading days than the corresponding month last year. Wholesale trade sales fell by 21.4 per cent and motor vehicle sales by 40.7 per cent. In total trade, sales fell by 19.0 per cent in April.
In retail trade, sales in January-April diminished by 1.6 per cent. During the same time period, motor vehicle trade sales were 31.8 per cent and wholesale trade sales 17.5 per cent down on the year before. In total trade, sales fell by 15.7 per cent in January-April.
Annual change in turnover in trade industries by quarter, April 2009 and early part of 2009, % (TOL 2008)
|Annual change by quarter %||Annual
change in latest month % *)
|Total trade (G)||11.0||10.1||-2.4||-14.4||-19.0||-15.7|
|Motor vehicle trade (45)||6.9||6.3||2.1||-28.3||-40.7||-31.8|
|Wholesale trade (46)||13.5||13.3||-5.4||-15.9||-21.4||-17.5|
|Retail trade (47)||8.0||5.4||2.2||-1.9||-0.9||-1.6|
|- daily consumer goods trade***||8.8||8.6||6.7||2.8||3.2||2.9|
|*) Annual change compares April 2009 to
the corresponding month of the year before.
**) The cumulative annual change compares January-April 2009 to the corresponding period of the year before.
***) According to the Register of Enterprises and Establishments, the share of daily consumer goods trade (4711, 472) of turnover in retail trade was 32 per cent in 2007.
Turnover in new car sales has been recorded according to a revised bookkeeping practice since data concerning April. Motor car tax is no longer included in the turnover as in the past. An estimation of the share of the motor car tax in last year's April has been removed from the annual change shown for this April.
Source: Turnover of trade 2009, April. Statistics Finland
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