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Published: 15 November 2017

Retail trade sales grew by 2.5 per cent year-on-year in September

According to Statistics Finland, sales of total trade grew in September by 4.3 per cent from September 2016. Sales of wholesale trade went up by 6.7 per cent and sales of retail trade by 2.5 per cent. Among retail trade industries, sales in daily consumer goods trade grew by 3.1 per cent and in department store trade by 1.4 per cent. Motor vehicle sales increased by 0.6 per cent compared to September 2016.

Annual change in turnover in trade industries, % (TOL 2008)

Annual change in turnover in trade industries, % (TOL 2008)

Sales volume in total trade grew by 1.5 per cent year-on-year in September

The sales volume in retail trade was 2.6 per cent higher in September than in September 2016. Over the same period, the sales volume in wholesale trade grew by 1.8 per cent and in motor vehicle trade by 0.5 per cent from one year ago. The sales volume of total trade increased by 1.5 per cent in September from September 2016.

The volume index of sales is calculated by removing the effect of price changes from the value index series.

Sales in retail trade increased by 2.0 per cent in January to September

In the January to September period, sales went up by 2.0 per cent in retail trade and by 6.6 per cent in wholesale trade compared with the corresponding period of 2016. Sales in motor vehicle trade increased by 4.5 per cent over the same period. Total trade sales increased by 4.8 per cent from January to September 2016.

The reported annual changes in trade sales and sales volumes are not seasonally or trading day adjusted, which means that the effects of public holidays are not considered.

Changes in the Tax Administration's self-assessed tax data have not so far had an effect on the data of turnover indices

The effects of the changes in the Tax Administration's self-assessed tax data have been analysed in Statistics Finland’s turnover indices. Based on the analyses, the changes have thus far not been found to have significant effects on enterprises’ VAT reporting in terms of statistics production. More information about this in Changes in the periodic tax return data used in turnover indices .

Source: Turnover of trade, Statistics Finland

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Updated 15.11.2017

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Turnover of trade [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-0939. September 2017. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 1.3.2024].
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