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Latest publication: Turnover of trade 2019, August

Published: 13 November 2018

Retail trade sales grew by 1.0 per cent year-on-year in September

According to Statistics Finland, retail trade sales grew by 1.0 per cent in September from September 2017. Among retail trade industries, sales of daily consumer goods grew by 0.1 per cent and sales in department store trade by 2.1 per cent. By contrast, sales in wholesale trade went down by 1.2 per cent over the same period and sales in motor vehicle trade, in turn, by 9.5 per cent. The development of motor vehicle trade was in part affected by the new WLTP method for measuring emissions implemented at the beginning of September. Sales in total trade decreased by 1.7 per cent compared to September 2017.

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

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

Sales volume in retail trade decreased by 0.8 per cent year-on-year in September

The sales volume in retail trade was 0.8 per cent lower in September than twelve months earlier. Over the same period, the sales volume in wholesale trade went down by 6.7 per cent and in motor vehicle trade, in turn, by 8.6 per cent from one year ago. The sales volume of total trade decreased by 5.2 per cent in September from September 2017.

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

Sales in total trade grew by 4.1 per cent in January to September

In the January to September period, sales went up by 2.9 per cent in retail trade and by 4.7 per cent in wholesale trade compared with the corresponding period of 2017. Sales in motor vehicle trade increased by 4.1 per cent over the same period. Total trade sales increased by 4.1 per cent compared with January to September 2017.

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.


Source: Turnover of trade, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Aki Niskanen 029 551 2657, Seija Karttunen 029 551 2741, palvelut.suhdanne@stat.fi

Director in charge: Mari Ylä-Jarkko

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Updated 13.11.2018

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Turnover of trade [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-0939. September 2018. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 14.10.2019].
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