Wholesale and retail trade sales statistics

Updated: 30 November 2023

Next update: 28 February 2024

Change in turnover for automotive fuel
Change in turnover for automotive fuel
4th period 2022 - 4th period 2023
-15.2
%
Wholesale and retail sale statistics (NOK million)
Wholesale and retail sale statistics (NOK million)1
TurnoverChange in per cent
4th period 20224th period 20234th period 2022 - 4th period 20232021 - 2022
Sale and repair of motor vehicles53 89953 035-1.611.0
Wholesale trade00..
Retail trade104 015106 6322.53.0
Grocery trade35 74038 0966.6-2.8
E-commerce6 4797 0498.85.0
1The figures do not include value added tax.
Due to uncertainty regarding the statistical population in nace 46, this will be excluded from publication until further notice.
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Selected tables and charts 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
    4th period 20224th period 20234th period 2022 - 4th period 2023
    The whole country104 015106 6322.5
    Viken23 04823 4651.8
    Oslo13 19913 7874.5
    Innlandet7 6217 464-2.1
    Vestfold og Telemark9 8799 738-1.4
    Agder7 1887 3221.9
    Rogaland8 3308 6413.7
    Vestland11 35611 8534.4
    Møre og Romsdal4 7304 8893.4
    Trøndelag - Trööndelage8 8979 2564.0
    Nordland - Nordlánnda5 0535 2784.5
    Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku4 7144 9404.8
    Due to uncertainty regarding the statistical population in nace 46, this will be excluded from publication until further notice.
    Explanation of symbols
  • 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
    4th period 20224th period 20234th period 2022 - 4th period 2023
    The whole country53 89953 035-1.6
    Viken18 97918 9830.0
    Oslo9 2178 524-7.5
    Innlandet2 9322 812-4.1
    Vestfold og Telemark3 6583 585-2.0
    Agder2 4402 427-0.5
    Rogaland3 3483 5686.6
    Vestland4 1343 889-5.9
    Møre og Romsdal2 0782 0970.9
    Trøndelag - Trööndelage3 9483 9510.1
    Nordland - Nordlánnda1 4591 5043.1
    Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku1 7071 694-0.8
    Due to uncertainty regarding the statistical population in nace 46, this will be excluded from publication until further notice.
    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
    4th period 20225th period 20226th period 20221st period 20232nd period 20233rd period 20234th period 2023
    Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles53 89966 34888 64250 58267 65369 80953 035
    Sale of motor vehicles40 41449 10270 35937 33150 71451 08538 890
    Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles8 0579 82211 7218 80510 54111 5798 773
    Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories4 8236 9756 1773 9895 7026 2764 744
    Sale, maintenance and repair of motorcycles and related parts and accessories605450385457696869627
    Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles0000000
    Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals0000000
    Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco0000000
    Wholesale of household goods0000000
    Wholesale of information and communication equipment0000000
    Wholesale of machinery, equipment and supplies0000000
    Other specialised wholesale0000000
    Non-specialised wholesale trade0000000
    Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles104 015100 151115 99286 67697 661111 829106 632
    Retail sale in non-specialised stores39 41437 84543 19735 33039 79642 91541 993
    Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores4 3934 0205 7123 5014 4834 9844 767
    Retail sale of automotive fuel in specialised stores11 82010 7529 9478 9279 22810 11410 027
    Retail sale of information and communication equipment in specialised stores8488791 061591725820889
    Retail sale of other household equipment in specialised stores18 37718 21819 83413 97115 31218 97318 168
    Retail sale of cultural and recreation goods in specialised stores5 1504 0255 7153 5234 4125 0455 089
    Retail sale of other goods in specialised stores16 99316 70620 58913 95916 37420 86418 058
    Retail sale via stalls and markets73387817306486
    Retail trade not in stores, stalls and markets6 9467 6689 8606 8567 3008 0517 555
    Due to uncertainty regarding the statistical population in nace 46, this will be excluded from publication until further notice.
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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

28 February 2024

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

Employees of Statistics Norway have a duty of confidentiality.

Statistics Norway does not publish figures if there is a risk of the respondent’s contribution being identified. This means that, as a general rule, figures are not published if fewer than three units form the basis of a cell in a table or if the contribution of one or two respondents constitutes a very large part of the cell total.

Statistics Norway can make exceptions to the general rule if deemed necessary to meet the requirements of the EEA agreement, if the respondent is a public authority, if the respondent has consented to this, or when the information disclosed is openly accessible to the public.

More information can be found on Statistics Norway’s website under Methods in official statistics, in the ‘Confidentiality’ section.

To ensure confidentiality, the ‘suppression’ method is used in these statistics.

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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