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Published: 15 December 2017

Sales increased in all sectors of trade in October

According to Statistics Finland, sales in total trade increased by 8.0 per cent in October from one year ago. Wholesale trade sales grew most among the sectors of trade, altogether by 11.5 per cent. Sales in motor vehicle trade, in turn, grew by 6.9 per cent in October and retail trade went up by 2.2 per cent. Among retail trade industries, sales of daily consumer goods grew by 1.1 per cent and sales in department store trade by 1.8 per cent from October 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 2.6 per cent year-on-year in October

The sales volume in retail trade was 2.6 per cent higher in October than twelve months earlier. Over the same period, the sales volume in wholesale trade grew by 7.0 per cent and in motor vehicle trade by 6.8 per cent from one year ago. The sales volume of total trade increased by 5.5 per cent in October from October 2016.

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

Sales in retail trade increased by 1.9 per cent in January to October

In the January to October period, sales went up by 1.9 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 4.7 per cent over the same period. Total trade sales increased by 5.0 per cent from January to October 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 in March 2018.

Source: Turnover of trade, Statistics Finland

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Updated 15.12.2017

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Turnover of trade [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-0939. October 2017. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 1.12.2022].
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