Retail sales, on a seasonally-adjusted basis, decreased 5.4% in Mar 2013 compared to Feb 2013. Excluding motor vehicles, retail sales declined 4.5%. Seasonally-adjusted sales of food & beverage services increased 2.1% in Mar 2013 compared to Feb 2013.
Business conditions in the manufacturing sector are expected to improve in the 6-month period ending Sep 2013, compared to 1Q2013. Overall, a net weighted balance of 12% of manufacturers anticipates a more favourable business situation for the period, compared to 1Q2013.