Periodical regional survey of trade

Description of the data collection

The periodical regional survey of trade collects data on the sales floor areas of retail trade units every five years. The data on turnover are, in turn, obtained from Statistics Finland’s own Business Register.

The collection of the data is based on the EU Regulation (295/2008) on structural business statistics.
The data collection carried out with a web questionnaire starts in mid-September and the data are published at the end of April. The inquiry is also made in other EU countries besides Finland.

From whom are data collected?

The inquiry is targeted at enterprises and establishments operating in the industry of retail trade. The basic data for the enterprises and establishments are derived from Statistics Finland’s Business Register.

The sample is formed of the largest enterprises and establishments in the industry plus enterprises and establishments drawn by random selection. The sample consists of a total of approximately 2,600 enterprises and establishments. The obtained data are methodologically inflated to represent the whole industry of retail trade.

Enterprises' obligation to provide data is based on the Statistics Act (280/2004).

Data processing

The Statistics Act obliges Statistics Finland to treat the data as confidential and use them only for statistical purposes.

What are the data used for?

The data supplied by enterprises will be used for the production of statistics. In addition, the results of the data collection are reported to Eurostat in accordance with the EU Regulation on structural business statistics.


The web questionnaire of the data collection was revised in 2013.

How often are data collected?

Other regular