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Turnover in retail trade, May 2021

Retail sales volume increased in May 2021

Statistical news from Statistics Sweden 2021-06-28 9.30

The retail sales volume increased by 2.3 percent in Maj 2021 compared with April 2021. Retail sales in durables increased by 3.0 percent and retail sales in consumables (excluding Systembolaget, the state-owned chain of liquor stores) increased by 1.9 percent. These figures are working-day and seasonally adjusted and in fixed prices.

“Parts of the retail trade were severely affected during the pandemic. The figures are now showing changes in purchasing behaviour. In retail trade services of shoes and leather goods, for example, sales increased by 9.9 percent compared with April 2021,” says Thorsten Holzer, statistician at Statistics Sweden.

In the last three-month period (March-May), sales volumes in working-day and seasonally adjusted figures increased by 4.9 percent compared with the previous three-month period (December-February). Retail sales in durables increased by 5.8 percent, while retail sales in consumables (excluding Systembolaget) decreased by 0.1 percent.

In May, the year-on-year growth rate in the volume of retail sales was 10.3 percent in working-day adjusted figures. Retail sales in durables increased by 14.6 percent, while retail sales in consumables (excluding Systembolaget) increased by 4.7 percent.

In fixed prices and non-working-day adjusted figures, total retail trade increased by 9.4 percent in volume compared with the corresponding period a year ago. Retail sales in durables increased by 14.1 percent and retail sales in consumables (excluding Systembolaget) increased by 3.5 percent.

Turnover in retail trade measured in current prices increased by 9.4 percent in May 2021 compared with May 2020. Retail sales in durables increased by 14.2 percent and retail sales in consumables (excluding Systembolaget) increased by 3.2 percent.

Seasonally adjusted monthly development

Working-day adjusted annual development

Definitions and explanations

Total retail trade here refers to NACE 47 excluding 47.3.
Trade in consumables (excluding Systembolaget) here refers to NACE 47.11 and 47.2. excluding 47.25.
Trade in durables here refers to NACE 47.19 and 47.4–47.9.


When the Retail Trade Index is published for a new month, the indices for previous months are also revised if new information has been added. As from April 2015, a new method is used to calculate the final statistics. The new method mainly involves using administrative data from the Swedish Tax Agency on a quarterly basis to increase the number of companies that are surveyed. This means that final quarterly statistics are based on a total calculation for all the companies in the frame population. Administrative data is used every quarter with the aim to improve the quality of the Retail Trade Index and decrease the response burden.

Usually, the material is revised between two and four months backwards, depending on where in the quarter the reference month is located. In connection with the publication of the first and second month in a quarter, the entire previous quarter is revised. The series, corrected for working day and seasonal effects and trend estimates, is always revised from March 1991 and forward.

Information about major revisions is published on the product page: Turnover in the service sector.

Next publishing will be

Statistics concerning June 2021 will be published on 28 July 2021.

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