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Wed, 13 May, 2015 12:06:33 AM
FTimes Report, May 13
Annual change in turnover in trade industries, % (TOL 2008). Source: Turnover of trade, Statistics Finland.
Retail trade sales increased by 0.4 per cent in March 2015 from the corresponding period in the year before, according to Statistics Finland.
In daily consumer goods trade, sales decreased by 0.8 per cent from the previous year. 
By contrast, sales in department store trade increased by 2.5 per cent.
Motor vehicle sales also grew by 5.6 per cent from the year before. In wholesale trade, sales, in turn, went down by 1.3 per cent from March 2014, the data show.
Sales increased in total trade by 0.1 per cent year-on-year.
In March, the sales volume in retail trade grew by 1.2 per cent and in motor vehicle trade by 5.5 per cent from one year back.
In wholesale trade, the sales volume, in turn, went up by 0.5 per cent from March 2014. Thus, the volume of total sales was 1.4 per cent higher in March than one year earlier.
Sales contracted by 0.7 per cent in retail trade and by 5.1 per cent in wholesale trade in the first quarter compared to January to March 2014. Sales in motor vehicle trade, in turn, decreased by 1.3 per cent from the corresponding period in 2014.
Total trade sales went down by 3.3 per cent over the corresponding period.
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