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Published: 26 March 2015

Profits in the non-financial corporations sector weakened and investments diminished in the fourth quarter of 2014

The profit share of the non-financial corporation sector weakened from the year before as the value added of the sector contracted. The investment rate of non-financial corporations decreased further. The saving rate of the household sector rose slightly in the last quarter of the year as disposable income grew larger than consumption expenditure. Adjusted disposable income describing households' economic well-being remained at the same level as one year ago. These data derive from Statistics Finland’s quarterly sector accounts.

Key indicators for households and non-financial corporations, seasonally adjusted

Key indicators for households and non-financial corporations, seasonally adjusted

In the fourth quarter of 2014, the profit share of non-financial corporations, or the share of profits in value added, weakened slightly to 22.9 per cent. The investment rate of non-financial corporations, or the proportion of investments in value added, similarly weakened, to 23.5 per cent. The key figures were calculated from seasonally adjusted time series.

Households' saving rate was 0.8 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2014. In the previous quarter, the figure was -0.4 per cent. The saving rate refers to the proportion of savings in disposable income. In the fourth quarter, the investment rate of households accounted for 10.7 per cent of disposable income, which was almost on par with the previous quarter. Most of households' investments were investments in dwellings.

Households' adjusted disposable income adjusted for price changes remained unchanged from the corresponding quarter of the year before. Adjusted income is the indicator recommended by the OECD for evaluating the economic well-being of households. Adjusted disposable income is derived by adding individual services produced by the public sector, such as education, health and social services, to the disposable income of households.

Sector accounts are calculated only at current prices. However, a volume indicator describing the development adjusted for price changes is calculated for households' adjusted disposable income in a separate Appendix table. The profit share, saving rate and investment rate are calculated from net figures, which means that consumption of fixed capital is taken into account. Households do not include non-profit institutions serving households.


Source: Sector accounts, Statistics Finland

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Updated 26.3.2015

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Quarterly sector accounts [e-publication].
ISSN=2243-4992. 4th quarter 2014. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 23.7.2019].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/sekn/2014/04/sekn_2014_04_2015-03-26_tie_001_en.html