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Wholesale and retail trade sales statistics

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Key figures

5.6 %

growth in E-commerce in the first six months of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017

Wholesale and retail sale statistics (NOK million)1
TurnoverChange in per cent
3rd period 20173rd period 20183rd period 2017 - 3rd period 20182016 - 2017
1The figures do not include value added tax.
Sale and repair of motor vehicles44 85647 1355.15.3
Wholesale trade164 003172 4235.14.5
Retail trade86 09188 5022.82.4
Grocery trade30 09731 1853.61.9
E-commerce3 4573 5542.813.5

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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
3rd period 20173rd period 20183rd period 2017 - 3rd period 2018
The whole country86 09188 5022.8
 
Østfold4 3434 5103.8
Akershus10 62211 0093.6
Oslo11 21911 6013.4
Hedmark3 0423 1453.4
Oppland2 9993 0802.7
Buskerud4 5494 6602.4
Vestfold4 5184 7605.4
Telemark2 8552 9583.6
Aust-Agder2 0612 1755.5
Vest-Agder3 1203 2072.8
Rogaland7 1737 3462.4
Hordaland8 3508 6033.0
Sogn og Fjordane1 7311 7581.6
Møre og Romsdal4 2074 2621.3
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)5 1310-100.0
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)2 1330-100.0
Trøndelag07 409.
Nordland4 0444 026-0.4
Troms - Romsa2 7962 790-0.2
Finnmark - Finnmárku1 1971 2030.5

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
3rd period 20173rd period 20183rd period 2017 - 3rd period 2018
The whole country44 85647 1355.1
 
Østfold2 4682 5031.4
Akershus9 27010 59714.3
Oslo7 3337 4201.2
Hedmark1 2591 3194.8
Oppland1 2831 2940.9
Buskerud3 7963 8842.3
Vestfold1 6021 6794.8
Telemark1 4661 4740.5
Aust-Agder774770-0.5
Vest-Agder1 2401 2762.9
Rogaland2 8663 0576.7
Hordaland2 8182 757-2.2
Sogn og Fjordane611579-5.2
Møre og Romsdal1 8281 9365.9
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)2 2230-100.0
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)1 0860-100.0
Trøndelag03 611.
Nordland1 3481 4114.7
Troms - Romsa1 1811 152-2.5
Finnmark - Finnmárku4014153.5

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
3rd period 20173rd period 20183rd period 2017 - 3rd period 2018
The whole country164 003172 4235.1
 
Østfold5 0135 1242.2
Akershus38 73840 3884.3
Oslo43 89448 45810.4
Hedmark4 2754 3020.6
Oppland2 0071 999-0.4
Buskerud6 0236 2203.3
Vestfold6 4146 6143.1
Telemark1 6881 659-1.7
Aust-Agder2 0401 837-10.0
Vest-Agder2 5382 7899.9
Rogaland9 3049 4611.7
Hordaland15 05014 582-3.1
Sogn og Fjordane2 3482 266-3.5
Møre og Romsdal6 7527 4079.7
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)8 0380-100.0
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)1 0210-100.0
Trøndelag09 442.
Nordland3 8194 85427.1
Troms - Romsa4 1744 2020.7
Finnmark - Finnmárku867817-5.8

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
3rd period 20174th period 20175th period 20176th period 20171st period 20182nd period 20183rd period 2018
Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles44 85641 62846 19046 25539 08945 68447 135
Sale of motor vehicles32 32431 01133 29634 63029 05433 42133 922
Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles7 7236 6747 6117 5376 6867 7488 352
Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories4 1853 4594 9273 8003 0423 9494 152
Sale, maintenance and repair of motorcycles and related parts and accessories622484355288307568709
Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles164 003146 470163 242169 095144 903159 242172 423
Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals3 0082 2902 3382 4101 7812 2212 597
Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco60 9212 29059 96063 31953 98560 85661 084
Wholesale of household goods23 40157 31725 43624 71322 99424 11524 019
Wholesale of information and communication equipment8 3457 0688 13110 6917 3807 5218 340
Wholesale of machinery, equipment and supplies22 34417 68821 17521 81417 69520 34922 782
Other specialised wholesale43 53038 36143 52943 23338 99741 83651 208
Non-specialised wholesale trade2 4542 0392 6742 9152 0712 3452 392
Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles86 09183 89179 69393 60970 69777 21688 502
Retail sale in non-specialised stores33 20632 67131 13035 49129 24432 01634 374
Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores3 8663 9103 6084 8132 9733 6754 073
Retail sale of automotive fuel in specialised stores8 5918 5018 0057 3417 6488 0749 047
Retail sale of information and communication equipment in specialised stores8068228121 120748695828
Retail sale of other household equipment in specialised stores15 21715 12414 56216 24911 42812 18415 205
Retail sale of cultural and recreation goods in specialised stores4 4854 6963 7845 8843 5294 0014 520
Retail sale of other goods in specialised stores16 12214 37713 80417 60411 52312 96416 521
Retail sale via stalls and markets43792561132152
Retail trade not in stores, stalls and markets3 7553 7103 9645 0463 5933 5863 881

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