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Turnover in retail trade, May 2022

Retail sales volume decreased in May 2022

Statistical news from Statistics Sweden 2022-06-28 8.00

The retail sales volume decreased by 0.6 percent in May compared with April. Retail sales in durables decreased by 0.3 percent and retail sales in consumables (excluding Systembolaget, the state-owned chain of liquor stores) decreased by 1,3 percent. These figures are working-day and seasonally adjusted and in fixed prices.

Retail sales in durables and in consumables (excluding Systembolaget) show negative growth rates on monthly as well as on year-on-year basis according to preliminary figures.

In the last three-month period (March-May), sales volumes in working-day and seasonally adjusted figures increased by 1.6 percent compared with the previous three-month period (December-February). Retail sales in durables increased by 0.5 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 minus 2.3 percent in working-day adjusted figures. Retail sales in durables decreased by 2.8 percent and retail sales in consumables (excluding Systembolaget) decreased by 1.0 percent.

In fixed prices and non-working-day adjusted figures, total retail trade decreased by 1.7 percent in volume compared with the corresponding period a year ago. Retail sales in durables decreased by 1.6 percent and retail sales in consumables (excluding Systembolaget) decreased by 1.3 percent.

Turnover in retail trade measured in current prices increased by 4.8 percent in May 2022 compared with May 2021. Retail sales in durables increased by 2.9 percent and retail sales in consumables (excluding Systembolaget) increased by 8.9 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 April 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 2022 will be published on 28 July 2022.

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