Low investments in retail sales
Wholesale and retail trade and service activities
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Retail sales, investment statisticsQ4 2011



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Low investments in retail sales

Total investments in retail trade increased by 38 per cent from the third quarter to the fourth quarter of 2011, but were still 30 per cent lower than the year before.

The total investments for all quarters in 2011 decreased by 14 per cent compared with 2010.

Increased investments in cars

Investment in motor vehicles and other means of transport increased by about 4 per cent from 2010 to 2011, while investment in machines and inventory as well as new building and renovation decreased by 12 and 9 per cent respectively.

Final and estimated investments in retail sales. Value index. 2005 = 100
  Final Investments 2010 Final Investments 2011 Change in per cent 2010-2011 Final Investments Q4 2010 Final Investments Q3 2011 Final Investments Q4 2011 Change in per cent Estimated Investments Q1 2012
  Q3 2011-Q4 2011 Q4 2010-Q4 2011
Investments in retail trade, except of motor vehicles, motorcycles and automotive fuel 85.3 73.3 -14.1  124.5 62.3 86.4 38.7 -30.6 61.5
Investments in machines and inventory  100.6 88.2 -12.3  144.5 72.0  114.3 58.8 -20.9  
Investments in motor vehicles and other means of transport 67.5 70.4 4.3  107.6 79.5 65.5 -17.6 -39.1  
Investments in new buildings and renovation 64.7 52.2 -19.3 96.8 44.2 52.1 17.9 -46.2  

Retail sales, investment statistics. Value index. 2005=100. 1st quarter 2007-4th quarter 2011.

About the industry

The retail sales industry, excluding motor vehicles and motorcycles, but including repair of personal and household goods, had a turnover of approximately NOK 386 billion in 2009. The number of persons employed was 213 500, while the number of establishments was nearly 38 300, according to previously published figures from Statistics Norway's structural statistics for wholesale and retail trade for 2009. Net investments for this industry group amounted to NOK 3 billion in 2009.

Data sources

Statistics Norway receives investment data in NOK sums from a sample of about 10 000 establishments in the industry. The statistics only include investments that the establishments pay for themselves. Investments made by property companies that hire out premises are not included.