Wholesale and retail trade sales statistics

Updated: October 12, 2021

Next update: November 30, 2021

Change in turnover for grocey trade sales
Change in turnover for grocey trade sales
3rd period 2020 - 3rd period 2021
-1.1
%

Selected tables and figures from this statistics

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 20203rd period 20213rd period 2020 - 3rd period 2021
The whole country100 802106 4425.6
Viken23 70025 4917.6
Oslo13 58214 4116.1
Innlandet6 8227 0924.0
Vestfold and Telemark9 1439 7776.9
Agder6 2566 6265.9
Rogaland8 2208 6445.2
Vestland11 06111 5054.0
Møre og Romsdal4 6254 7913.6
Trøndelag - Trööndelage8 3788 6713.5
Nordland - Nordlánnda4 5964 8335.2
Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku4 4194 6034.2
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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 20203rd period 20213rd period 2020 - 3rd period 2021
The whole country48 38562 61229.4
Viken16 41222 89539.5
Oslo7 4679 83931.8
Innlandet2 6963 21919.4
Vestfold and Telemark3 4974 11117.6
Agder2 3592 90523.1
Rogaland3 2024 21031.5
Vestland3 6534 56925.1
Møre og Romsdal1 9672 44124.1
Trøndelag - Trööndelage3 8924 63419.1
Nordland - Nordlánnda1 5191 81819.7
Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku1 7211 97014.5
Explanation of symbols
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 20203rd period 20213rd period 2020 - 3rd period 2021
The whole country177 581201 70513.6
Viken57 77260 5314.8
Oslo45 50752 87916.2
Innlandet6 8927 77312.8
Vestfold and Telemark8 89112 99346.1
Agder5 3345 4953.0
Rogaland10 46513 48528.9
Vestland17 86918 7735.1
Møre og Romsdal7 0078 74424.8
Trøndelag - Trööndelage9 28310 30311.0
Nordland - Nordlánnda3 9535 16430.6
Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku4 6095 56620.8
Explanation of symbols
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 20204th period 20205th period 20206th period 20201st period 20212nd period 20213rd period 2021
Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles48 38547 42055 86953 66446 87057 74962 612
Sale of motor vehicles33 90034 79939 46439 92634 41142 33546 129
Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles8 8787 8069 5208 7038 0579 34410 189
Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories4 7644 1886 4474 6844 0225 2625 380
Sale, maintenance and repair of motorcycles and related parts and accessories843628438351379810915
Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles177 581164 661185 827184 247162 622191 330201 705
Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals2 5121 6821 9802 0871 5992 3792 783
Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco71 07068 96373 73372 69563 25675 05874 922
Wholesale of household goods24 77924 31228 17227 41924 04727 53226 920
Wholesale of information and communication equipment8 8837 7318 97911 7428 59710 15310 087
Wholesale of machinery, equipment and supplies23 70619 87925 00224 91619 95524 62125 312
Other specialised wholesale44 04039 80045 06842 27042 79648 86058 772
Non-specialised wholesale trade2 5912 2932 8933 1152 3722 7282 909
Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles100 802100 95695 433110 13981 07992 860106 442
Retail sale in non-specialised stores40 95141 47939 17243 25934 79140 18540 578
Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores4 6654 9144 4166 2483 6944 6934 950
Retail sale of automotive fuel in specialised stores7 9008 7187 6516 9006 8737 4158 552
Retail sale of information and communication equipment in specialised stores7768247421 153704653835
Retail sale of other household equipment in specialised stores18 57118 26318 21320 12613 75215 88520 558
Retail sale of cultural and recreation goods in specialised stores5 5145 4704 0485 6563 6414 0655 663
Retail sale of other goods in specialised stores16 06915 06114 91717 53911 05812 18717 776
Retail sale via stalls and markets41483377192644
Retail trade not in stores, stalls and markets6 3146 1796 2419 1816 5467 7507 487
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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.

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

Name: Wholesale and retail trade sales statistics

Topic: Wholesale and retail trade and service activities

November 30, 2021

Division for Structural Business Statistics

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.

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.

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

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

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 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.

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

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.

The Statistics Act, paragraphs 3-2.

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

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.

The VAT-register

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

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.

Not relevant

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.

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.

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.

Not relevant




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