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Published: 15 January 2018

Sales increased in all sectors of trade in November

According to Statistics Finland, sales in total trade increased by 5.3 per cent in November from November 2016. Among trade industries, motor vehicle trade and wholesale trade grew most. Sales in motor vehicle trade increased by 6.6 per cent and in wholesale trade by 6.3 per cent year-on-year. Sales in retail trade increased by 3.3 per cent in November from one year ago. Among retail trade industries, sales of daily consumer goods grew by 2.5 per cent and sales in department store trade by 0.5 per cent from November 2016.

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

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

Sales volume in retail trade grew by 3.4 per cent year-on-year in November

The sales volume in retail trade was 3.4 per cent higher in November than twelve months earlier. Over the same period, the sales volume in wholesale trade grew by 1,8 per cent and in motor vehicle trade by 6.4 per cent from one year ago. The sales volume of total trade increased by 2.7 per cent in November from November 2016.

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

Sales in total trade increased by 5.1 per cent in January to November

In the January to November period, sales went up by 2.1 per cent in retail trade and by 7.0 per cent in wholesale trade compared with the corresponding period of 2016. Sales in motor vehicle trade increased by 4.9 per cent over the same period. Total trade sales increased by 5.1 per cent from January to November 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.

Turnover of trade will adopt base year 2015=100 from the January 2018 data. Data using the new base year will be published for the first time on 13 March 2018.

Industries of enterprises have been revised in the data released in January

Starting from this statistical release the latest industries defined by the Business Register have been taken into use in the turnover and wage and salary indices. The industry corrections are visible as revised data in some of the published industries for the years 2016-2017. The effects of the changes are taken into consideration in statistics production so that no breaks occur in the time series of the published index series. The interpretation of the statistics also remains unchanged in the renewal. Revisions to annual changes in industries are presented under Revisions in these statistics.

Source: Turnover of trade, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Milka Suomalainen 029 551 2912, Seija Karttunen 029 551 2741,

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Revisions in these statistics

Updated 15.01.2018

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Turnover of trade [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-0939. November 2017. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 28.2.2024].
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