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Published: 12 October 2012

Retail trade sales grew by 4.9 per cent year-on-year in August

According to Statistics Finland, retail trade sales increased by 4.9 per cent in August from August 2011. Over the same time period, the volume of retail trade sales, from which the impact of prices has been eliminated, grew by 1.0 per cent. In daily consumer goods trade, sales grew by 6.2 per cent and in department store trade by 4.0 per cent year-on-year. Wholesale trade sales went up by 3.0 per cent. In motor vehicle trade, sales fell by 24.2 per cent year-on-year. In total trade, sales increased by 0.3 per cent in August.

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

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

In the January to August period, sales were up by 5.0 per cent in retail trade and by 4.8 per cent in wholesale trade on the respective period of the previous year. Motor vehicle trade sales were up by 2.8 per cent during the same time period. In total trade, sales were up by 4.6 per cent in January to August on the respective period of the year before.

Amended motor vehicle tax legislation influences motor vehicle trade sales in 2012

An amendment concerning the motor vehicle tax that is levied at first registration entered into force on 1 April 2012. According to it, the amount of tax is now based on the volume of carbon dioxide emissions that correspond with the combined consumption of the vehicle. The tax on passenger cars and vans rises if the emissions exceed 110g/km. The impacts of the amended taxation on motor vehicle prices will also be seen in the development of motor vehicle trade sales in 2012.

Source: Turnover of trade, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Jarkko Niemistö 09 1734 2951, Tiina Talvio 09 1734 2698,

Director in charge: Hannele Orjala

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Updated 12.10.2012

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Turnover of trade [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-0939. August 2012. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 4.12.2022].
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