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Wholesale and retail trade sales statistics

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14 %

growth in E-commerce in the first ten months in 2017 compared to the same period in 2016

Wholesale and retail sale statistics (NOK million)1
TurnoverChange in per cent
5th period 20165th period 20175th period 2016 - 5th period 20172015 - 2016
1The figures do not include value added tax.
Sale and repair of motor vehicles43 79246 5626.39.7
Wholesale trade158 279169 1526.95.7
Retail trade78 41879 9532.03.2
Grocery trade28 08828 4841.44.1
E-commerce3 2113 62913.015.7

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Table 1 
Sales statistics of retail sales excluding sales of motorized vehicles. Sales exlude VAT Sales, by county

Sales statistics of retail sales excluding sales of motorized vehicles. Sales exlude VAT Sales, by county
NOK millionChange in per cent
5th period 20165th period 20175th period 2016 - 5th period 2017
The whole country78 41879 9532.0
 
Østfold3 8473 9061.5
Akershus9 5369 8203.0
Oslo10 65910 9352.6
Hedmark2 8072 9133.8
Oppland2 8102 8702.1
Buskerud4 2014 3222.9
Vestfold3 9124 0122.6
Telemark2 5572 6011.7
Aust-Agder1 7581 7841.5
Vest-Agder2 6862 7683.1
Rogaland6 4816 5130.5
Hordaland7 5877 6400.7
Sogn og Fjordane1 4981 5271.9
Møre og Romsdal3 7693 8482.1
Sør-Trøndelag4 9054 9981.9
Nord-Trøndelag1 9831 9920.5
Nordland3 6443 641-0.1
Troms - Romsa2 6222 6701.8
Finnmark - Finnmárku1 1561 1923.1

Table 2 
Sale, maintenance and repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles.. Sales exlude VAT Sales, by county

Sale, maintenance and repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles.. Sales exlude VAT Sales, by county
NOK millionChange in per cent
5th period 20165th period 20175th period 2016 - 5th period 2017
The whole country43 79246 5626.3
 
Østfold2 3722 4272.3
Akershus9 8839 844-0.4
Oslo7 8889 15416.0
Hedmark1 2191 2805.0
Oppland1 2211 2754.4
Buskerud3 6843 9056.0
Vestfold1 5241 5340.7
Telemark1 4081 4563.4
Aust-Agder6837114.1
Vest-Agder1 1971 2706.1
Rogaland2 5882 7486.2
Hordaland2 5652 8209.9
Sogn og Fjordane51156410.4
Møre og Romsdal1 5431 6235.2
Sør-Trøndelag2 0382 31913.8
Nord-Trøndelag9109130.3
Nordland1 2451 3337.1
Troms - Romsa9741 0154.2
Finnmark - Finnmárku33837210.1

Table 3 
Wholesale trade and commission trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles. Sales exlude VAT Sales, by county

Wholesale trade and commission trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles. Sales exlude VAT Sales, by county
NOK millionChange in per cent
5th period 20165th period 20175th period 2016 - 5th period 2017
The whole country158 279169 1526.9
 
Østfold5 2015 4254.3
Akershus36 56838 7045.8
Oslo43 02648 40012.5
Hedmark3 3903 88314.5
Oppland2 0012 23611.7
Buskerud5 2925 93312.1
Vestfold6 1016 2071.7
Telemark1 5621 6032.6
Aust-Agder1 6411 7375.9
Vest-Agder2 4552 5805.1
Rogaland9 2129 4832.9
Hordaland16 25016 3600.7
Sogn og Fjordane3 3952 510-26.1
Møre og Romsdal6 0216 68611.0
Sør-Trøndelag7 0637 93612.4
Nord-Trøndelag8669216.4
Nordland3 8823 9201.0
Troms - Romsa3 5873 7885.6
Finnmark - Finnmárku7668419.8

Table 4 
Turnover statistics except wholesale on a fee or contract basis. Turnover excluding VAT. NOK million

Turnover statistics except wholesale on a fee or contract basis. Turnover excluding VAT. NOK million
5th period 20166th period 20161st period 20172nd period 20173rd period 20174th period 20175th period 2017
Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles43 79243 88638 67642 10345 03541 79946 562
Sale of motor vehicles31 46231 59228 62330 63332 32331 05033 472
Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles7 1488 1356 5976 9687 7466 6977 632
Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories4 8533 8893 1643 9744 3443 5685 102
Sale, maintenance and repair of motorcycles and related parts and accessories329271293528622484357
Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles158 279164 178141 679156 395169 308152 588169 152
Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals2 3692 1831 5982 0452 8412 1812 212
Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco57 7762 18353 50659 92561 18457 93760 410
Wholesale of household goods23 75762 06821 42922 59723 51521 88225 448
Wholesale of information and communication equipment7 9139 8417 0217 4518 3497 0637 996
Wholesale of machinery, equipment and supplies20 39621 31216 68419 87222 43117 79321 392
Other specialised wholesale43 36041 28539 49442 17748 52443 68148 954
Non-specialised wholesale trade2 7082 8351 9472 3272 4642 0512 741
Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles78 41891 42169 09975 53386 12884 11679 953
Retail sale in non-specialised stores30 92034 44228 59831 28833 28432 84931 362
Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores3 5304 6562 9103 5463 8223 9503 596
Retail sale of automotive fuel in specialised stores7 7637 6647 4367 6688 5108 4227 977
Retail sale of information and communication equipment in specialised stores8401 175770687805813821
Retail sale of other household equipment in specialised stores14 42616 02111 28712 37715 31315 19214 585
Retail sale of cultural and recreation goods in specialised stores3 7885 7263 2843 9214 4814 6993 848
Retail sale of other goods in specialised stores13 63517 26111 44112 63016 07214 36713 798
Retail sale via stalls and markets25571917437925
Retail trade not in stores, stalls and markets3 4914 4173 3543 3993 7993 7443 942

About the statistics

The purpose of the statistics is to identify the level and development of wholesale and retail trade.The turnover for a given year is only final when the last period in the following year is published. Both quarterly figures and figures for every second month are available in StatBank.

Definitions

Definitions of the main concepts and variables

Turnover: Includes dutiable and duty-free sales income from goods and services. Financial revenues, public subsidies or value added tax are not included.

Standard classifications

Standard Industrial Classification (SIC2007).

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Wholesale and retail trade sales statistics
Topic: Wholesale and retail trade and service activities

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Responsible division

Division for Construction and Service

Regional level

Concerns bimonthly data only: Regular publication of data divided by counties in addition to the data published at national level. Other geographical breakdown can be commissioned.

Frequency and timeliness

Bimonthly level-numbers and quarterly indices.

The bimonthly turnover statistics is initially published about seventeen weeks after the expiration of the statistical period. Revised data are then published respectively two and four months after the initial publication.

The quarterly indices are initially published about sixty days after the expiration of the quarter. They are published at the NACE two-digit sector level only (NACE 45 and 46). Revised data are published in connection with the next time publication, i.e. three months after the initial publication.

The published data are being revised up to two calendar years back in time. This is explained in the table beneath, with the quarterly indices as an example. Superscript T refers to the current year, while subscript 1-4 refers to the relevant quarter.

International reporting

The quarterly indices are reported to Eurostat, both gross data and data adjusted by working days, sixty days after the expiration of the quarter.

Microdata

Primary data and the compiled statistics are stored electronically in files of the in the programming language SAS.

Background

Background and purpose

The purpose of the statistics is to identify the level of and the development of wholesale and retail trade. The statistics has been produced since 1995.

From 1995 to 2006, only the bimonthly data where published nationally. The quarterly indices where published by Eurostat only. As from the first quarter of 2007, the quarterly indices are also published nationally.

Users and applications

Users include public and private sector agencies and organisations. The National Accounts statistics of Statistics Norway rely on the timely production of the Wholesale and Retail Statistics. Other users include the Research department of Statistics Norway.

Equal treatment of users

No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on ssb.no at 8 am. Prior to this, a minimum of three months' advance notice is given in the Statistics Release Calendar. Principles of communication and dissemination

Coherence with other statistics

Similar statistics is being prepared for all dutiable industries. Change in the progress of turnover is compared with the monthly Index of Retail Trade. Both change in progress and level numbers are compared with the annual Structural statistics for Wholesale and Retail Trade.

Legal authority

The Statistics Act, paragraphs 3-2.

EEA reference

EU Council Regulation No 1165/98, May 19, 1998 regarding short-term statistics.

Production

Population

The population is all VAT-registered units within the industries of wholesale and retail trade, repair of vehicles and household goods and personal goods included. Agency business is not part of the population. This means NACE 45, 46 (except 46.1) and NACE 47, according to the Standard of Industrial Classification (SIC2007). State owned units and units owned by the social security administration or local or regional governments are not part of the population. The observed unit is mainly identical to the obliged VAT-registered unit, i.e. enterprises with an annual turnover that exceeds NOK 50 000.

Data sources and sampling

The VAT-register

The Wholesale and Retail Trade Statistics represent full-census survey data for the entire population.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

Data are collected from the VAT-register.

Turnover is controlled against earlier received data. If the divergence is considerable, the individual VAT-unit is contacted. Information from the VAT-register is controlled against the Central register of Establishments and Enterprises and the Central Coordinating Register for Legal Entities.

For the bimonthly statistics the data are summed up. When a VAT-unit consists of more than one active firm, the data is being divided according to registered turnover in the last annual data file from the Central register of Establishments and Enterprises.

The quarterly indices are computed from the bimonthly statistics. Therefore it is needed to divide some of the bimonthly data in two. For the division, the number of workdays within a month is used. The model for calculation of quarterly data is described below:

The variable Q refers to quarterly numbers, B is bimonthly numbers and wd is the number of workdays in March, April, September or October. Superscript T refers to the actual quarter, while subscript T refers to the current year. Subscript j shows that the data is divided into the most detailed NACE level as possible, i.e. three-, four- or five-digit sector level. Subscript h refers to two-digit sector level.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant

Confidentiality

If a table cell consists of less than three observations, the data for the actual table cell are not being published. This is necessary because it would be possible to identify the individual data from the actual enterprises. This is particularly important for regional data.

Comparability over time and space

In the period 1995 to 2002 the statistics was published according to the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC1994). From 2002 is has been published according to the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC2002), and from 2009 is has been published according to the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC2007)

Changes in the statistics: Before the first bimonthly term of 2001, the statistics only included dutiable sales. From the first term of 2001, the statistics includes both dutiable and duty-fee sales.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

Measurement errors (the respondent gives erroneous data) and processing errors (wrong interpretation of digits and letters written on paper forms during optical scanning) may occur. These types of errors are tried to avoid through control routines, as explained in chapter 3.5. Another possible error may occur, if there are used out of date distribution formulas to divide turnover in cases where a VAT-unit consists of more than one firms.

Errors in the estimation of quarterly indices may occur if the development between first and second term, or fourth and fifth term, in the bimonthly statistics is substantially different last year and this year.

The County Revenue Office is contacted in cases where big enterprises have failed to respond. For the first and second time publication, unit non-response is imputated. By the third and last publication, the turnover for unit non-response is set to cero.

Not relevant

Other errors in the VAT-register, under reporting included. This is difficult to value, but it is assumed not to represent a substantial source of errors.

Revision

Not relevant

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