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Latest publication: Turnover of trade 2019, April

Published: 12 February 2015

Christmas sales in retail trade went down by 1.6 per cent from one year before

According to Statistics Finland, retail trade sales fell by 1.6 per cent in December from December 2013. The weak development in daily consumer goods trade does not alone explain the decrease in retail trade sales, as sales in daily consumer goods trade contracted by 0.4 per cent from the year before. In contrast, sales in department store trade went down by 4.3 per cent year-on-year. Wholesale trade sales also fell by 4.9 per cent from December 2013. In turn, motor vehicle sales grew by 10.5 per cent from twelve months back. Thus, sales decreased in total trade by 2.3 per cent from December 2013.

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

Annual change in turnover in trade industries, % (TOL 2008)
In retail trade, the sales volume decreased by 1.1 per cent and in wholesale trade by 2.5 per cent from December 2013. In turn, the sales volume in motor vehicle trade increased by 10.6 per cent from the previous year. The growth was affected by increased sales of new motor vehicles, because Statistics Finland’s data indicate that the number of first registrations of motor vehicles was also 7.6 per cent higher in December than in December 2013. The volume of total sales was 0.6 per cent lower in December than in the year before. The volume index of sales is calculated by removing the effect of price changes from the value index series.

Retail trade sales went down by 1.0 per cent in 2014 from 2013

During 2014, sales contracted in total by 1.0 per cent in retail trade and by 1.2 per cent in wholesale trade compared with 2013. In contrast, motor vehicle sales grew by 2.4 per cent from 2013. Total trade sales went down by 0.7 per cent over the corresponding period.


Source: Turnover of trade, Statistics Finland

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Updated 12.02.2015

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Turnover of trade [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-0939. December 2014. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 25.6.2019].
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