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Wholesale and retail trade sales statistics

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Key figures

15 %

increase in turnover for retail trade sales from the 3rd period of 2019 to the 3rd period of 2020

Wholesale and retail sale statistics (NOK million)1
TurnoverChange in per cent
3rd period 20193rd period 20203rd period 2019 - 3rd period 20202018 - 2019
1The figures do not include value added tax.
Sale and repair of motor vehicles48 99748 333-1.42.4
Wholesale trade173 936174 8820.53.3
Retail trade87 880101 04815.01.7
Grocery trade30 76237 45621.82.0
E-commerce3 9705 89048.49.5

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

Sales statistics of retail sales excluding sales of motorized vehicles. Sales exclude VAT, by county.
NOK millionChange in per cent
3rd period 20193rd period 20203rd period 2019 - 3rd period 2020
The whole country87 880101 04815.0
 
Viken20 21623 83517.9
Oslo11 86513 64915.0
Innlandet5 9636 82414.4
Vestfold og Telemark7 6379 13319.6
Agder5 2216 24719.7
Rogaland7 2178 25014.3
Vestland10 04611 11310.6
Møre og Romsdal4 1734 63311.0
Trøndelag - Trööndelage7 4008 35212.9
Nordland4 0964 61312.6
Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku4 0464 3988.7

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

Sales, maintenance and repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles.. Sales exclude VAT, by county
NOK millionChange in per cent
3rd period 20193rd period 20203rd period 2019 - 3rd period 2020
The whole country48 99748 333-1.4
 
Viken16 95316 136-4.8
Oslo8 8967 653-14.0
Innlandet2 5312 6836.0
Vestfold og Telemark3 2123 55110.6
Agder2 1022 38313.4
Rogaland3 1353 2082.3
Vestland3 5423 6803.9
Møre og Romsdal1 8951 9794.4
Trøndelag - Trööndelage3 7733 8241.4
Nordland1 4061 5288.7
Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku1 5501 70910.3

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

Wholesale trade and commision trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles. Sales exclude VAT, by county.
NOK millionChange in per cent
3rd period 20193rd period 20203rd period 2019 - 3rd period 2020
The whole country173 936174 8820.5
 
Viken54 61455 9702.5
Oslo47 22642 905-9.1
Innlandet6 1766 90211.8
Vestfold og Telemark7 9838 82010.5
Agder4 7745 44214.0
Rogaland10 46511 97314.4
Vestland17 63018 1112.7
Møre og Romsdal7 4117 099-4.2
Trøndelag - Trööndelage8 8569 1243.0
Nordland3 8253 9052.1
Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku4 9754 630-6.9

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
3rd period 20194th period 20195th period 20196th period 20191st period 20202nd period 20203rd period 2020
Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles48 99743 14146 99240 89641 54540 14448 333
Sale of motor vehicles35 72131 41032 50029 17829 86527 72633 926
Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles8 2217 3318 4387 5967 6797 4998 829
Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories4 3853 8485 6703 8403 6564 3174 731
Sale, maintenance and repair of motorcycles and related parts and accessories670552384282345603847
Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles173 936163 744181 808178 477160 415170 695174 882
Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals2 8142 4352 6622 3481 9442 6342 858
Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco60 4962 43564 74165 46760 63668 79867 741
Wholesale of household goods23 09160 09126 41025 63522 97323 87124 861
Wholesale of information and communication equipment8 2207 9448 64811 4758 2239 1358 840
Wholesale of machinery, equipment and supplies24 41820 33024 88124 27119 86422 76023 645
Other specialised wholesale52 52547 44051 69946 59944 57941 02944 216
Non-specialised wholesale trade2 3722 2222 7672 6822 1952 4672 720
Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles87 88089 04683 18297 28375 59483 520101 048
Retail sale in non-specialised stores33 94735 14732 24637 07331 73838 27641 207
Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores4 1464 2783 8475 1643 4163 9944 682
Retail sale of automotive fuel in specialised stores8 9528 9808 2797 8667 4856 1717 572
Retail sale of information and communication equipment in specialised stores7308027781 129715631783
Retail sale of other household equipment in specialised stores15 19515 89015 35516 65112 62314 25818 557
Retail sale of cultural and recreation goods in specialised stores4 4964 6063 7195 3113 0653 6275 499
Retail sale of other goods in specialised stores16 02914 82114 15817 75912 31110 67716 372
Retail sale via stalls and markets51833573212442
Retail trade not in stores, stalls and markets4 3344 4414 7666 2574 2205 8616 335

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 Structural Business Statistics

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