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Published: 13 March 2018

Sales increased in all sectors of trade in January

According to Statistics Finland, sales in total trade increased by 7.6 per cent in January from January 2017. Among trade industries, wholesale trade and motor vehicle trade grew most. Sales in wholesale trade increased by 8.6 per cent and in motor vehicle trade by 7.9 per cent year-on-year. Sales in retail trade increased by 5.4 per cent in January from one year ago. Among retail trade industries, sales of daily consumer goods grew by 4.0 per cent and sales in department store trade by 4.9 per cent from January 2017.

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 5.1 per cent year-on-year in January

The sales volume in retail trade was 5.1 per cent greater in January than twelve months earlier. Over the same period, the sales volume in wholesale trade grew by 6.5 per cent and in motor vehicle trade by 8.1 per cent from one year ago. The sales volume of total trade increased by 6.3 per cent in January from January 2017.

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

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.

From this release onwards the turnover of trade will adopt base year 2015=100.

Source: Turnover of trade, Statistics Finland

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Updated 13.03.2018

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Turnover of trade [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-0939. January 2018. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 27.2.2024].
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