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Latest publication: Turnover of trade 2019, September

Published: 13 March 2009

Retail trade sales grew by 2.5 per cent in January

According to Statistics Finland, retail trade sales were 2.5 per cent higher in January 2009 than one year previously. Sales volume grew by 0.7 per cent during the same time period. Daily consumer goods sales grew by 7.2 per cent. In wholesale trade sales fell drastically, by 19.6 per cent, reflecting the trend development in manufacturing. The decline in transit exports of cars and domestic demand for cars caused motor vehicle sales to fall by as much as 34.2 per cent from the year before. In total trade sales fell by 16.0 per cent in January.

Compared to 2007, the growth of turnover in total trade (incl. motor vehicle, wholesale and retail trade) amounted to 6.6 per cent in 2008. Retail trade sales were 5.6 per cent higher in 2008 than in the year before. Sales grew by 7.5 per cent in wholesale trade and by 4.9 per cent in motor vehicle trade.

Annual change in turnover in trade industries by quarter, January 2009 and 2008, % (TOL 2008)

  Annual change by quarter % Annual change in latest month %* Whole year 2008 %**
01-03/08 04-06/08 07-09/08 10-12/08 01/09 2008/2007
Total trade (G) 8.3 11.0 10.1 -2.3 -16.0 6.6
Motor vehicle trade (45) 3.8 6.9 6.3 2.4 -34.2 4.9
Wholesale trade (46) 10.3 13.5 13.3 -5.5 -19.6 7.5
Retail trade (47) 6.8 8.0 5.5 2.6 2.5 5.6
- daily consumer goods trade*** 9.2 8.8 8.7 7.4 7.2 8.5
*) Annual change compares January 2009 to the corresponding month of the year before.
**) Whole year compares the year 2008 to the year 2007.
***) According to the Register of Enterprises and Establishments, the share of daily consumer goods (4711, 472) of turnover in retail trade was 32 per cent in 2007.

The standard industrial classification TOL 2008 and base year 2005=100 were introduced in these statistics starting from data concerning January 2009. Further information about the TOL 2008 classification is available in the TOL 2008 section Statistics Finland's website. Further information about the adoption of TOL 2008 in statistics describing turnover in trade is available under Revisions in these statistics.

Source: Turnover of trade 2009, January. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Retail trade: Mr Marko Tuomiaro +358 9 1734 2705 and

Ms Eeva Immonen +358 9 1734 3464
Motor vehicle trade and Wholesale trade: Ms Aila Kovanen +358 9 1734 3384

Director in charge: Ms Hannele Orjala

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Last updated 13.3.2009

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Turnover of trade [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-0939. January 2009. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 13.11.2019].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/klv/2009/01/klv_2009_01_2009-03-13_tie_002_en.html