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The business sector performed research and development (R&D) to a value of NOK 27.8 billion in 2015; an increase of 12 per
cent from 2014. At constant prices, the increase was 9 per cent. This growth is clearly higher than in the EU and the other
The number of job vacancies increased by 3.6 per cent from the 4th quarter of 2015 to the 4th quarter of 2016. There was an
increase in oil and gas, but from a very low level. Other industries with an increase in job vacancies include construction,
as well as information and communication. There was a decrease in domestic trade.
External trade in goods, January 2017, preliminary figures
The trade surplus was NOK 25.0 billion in January 2017, an increase of 48.1 per cent from the same month last year. There
was a strong growth in exports of oil of 81.8 per cent, while the export of natural gas was up 16.5 per cent. Imports of goods
came to NOK 48.8 billion.
Wholesale and retail trade sales statistics, 5th period 2016