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The retail trade sales volume increased by 1.9 percent in March compared with the same month last year. Retail sales in consumables increased by 0.2 percent, while retail sales in durables increased by 2.4 percent. This information is working-day adjusted.
The Labour Cost Index (AKI) for the private sector in February 2017 was 123.6 for wage earners and 126.5 for salaried employees. Compared to February 2016, labour costs have increased by 3.1 percent for wage earners and 2.8 percent for salaried employees.
A completed upper secondary education is decisive for establishment on the labour market, according to a follow-up among all young people born 1991–1995. However, far from all young people completed upper secondary education with a school-leaving certificate. Young people with poor results from compulsory school and newly immigrated young people found it particularly difficult to achieve a school-leaving certificate.
Producer prices decreased by 0.1 percent between February and March. In the same period, prices decreased by 0.7 percent on the import market and by 0.1 percent on the domestic market. Prices remained unchanged on the export market.
In March 2017, Swedish exports of goods amounted to SEK 119.2 billion, while imports of goods amounted to SEK 120.0 billion. As a result, the net trade balance was SEK -0.8 billion.
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