Wholesale and retail trade sales statistics

Updated: 22 April 2022

Next update: 9 June 2022

Change in turnover for grocey trade sales
Change in turnover for grocey trade sales
6th period 2020 - 6th period 2021
-4.5
%
Wholesale and retail sale statistics (NOK million)
Wholesale and retail sale statistics (NOK million)1
TurnoverChange in per cent
6th period 20206th period 20216th period 2020 - 6th period 20212020 - 2021
Sale and repair of motor vehicles53 38360 44013.218.4
Wholesale trade183 158213 21216.410.9
Retail trade109 944113 4683.24.7
Grocery trade38 33036 618-4.50.0
E-commerce8 6398 9483.619.1
1The figures do not include value added tax.
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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
6th period 20206th period 20216th period 2020 - 6th period 2021
The whole country109 944113 4683.2
Viken25 60526 2262.4
Oslo15 87216 4863.9
Innlandet7 4707 6622.6
Vestfold og Telemark9 59810 0094.3
Agder6 4196 7655.4
Rogaland9 2089 5593.8
Vestland11 95112 4244.0
Møre og Romsdal5 0715 1291.1
Trøndelag - Trööndelage9 0429 2992.8
Nordland - Nordlánnda4 8584 9391.7
Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku4 8514 9692.4
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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
6th period 20206th period 20216th period 2020 - 6th period 2021
The whole country53 38360 44013.2
Viken20 69721 9936.3
Oslo8 95210 94922.3
Innlandet2 6872 8415.7
Vestfold og Telemark3 3053 80915.2
Agder2 4002 93922.5
Rogaland3 3584 10422.2
Vestland3 7394 12410.3
Møre og Romsdal1 7782 00512.8
Trøndelag - Trööndelage3 6524 42621.2
Nordland - Nordlánnda1 3481 52513.1
Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku1 4681 72417.4
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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
6th period 20206th period 20216th period 2020 - 6th period 2021
The whole country183 158213 21216.4
Viken57 77260 4194.6
Oslo49 79061 11722.7
Innlandet6 9387 66310.4
Vestfold og Telemark9 23113 29944.1
Agder5 0665 78614.2
Rogaland10 78412 89019.5
Vestland18 34021 39616.7
Møre og Romsdal7 4689 69329.8
Trøndelag - Trööndelage9 41710 42710.7
Nordland - Nordlánnda3 9385 12330.1
Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku4 4135 39922.3
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
6th period 20201st period 20212nd period 20213rd period 20214th period 20215th period 20216th period 2021
Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles53 38346 69557 48962 33353 44857 89260 440
Sale of motor vehicles39 72334 30142 15445 90839 87441 57344 979
Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles8 7038 0559 33610 1538 5179 5229 926
Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories4 6063 9585 1875 3614 4156 3495 174
Sale, maintenance and repair of motorcycles and related parts and accessories351380812910642448361
Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles183 158161 783189 595198 320180 924206 210213 212
Wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals2 0871 6152 3792 7821 8532 0392 329
Wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco72 72663 24175 08574 92372 10074 75176 931
Wholesale of household goods27 19624 34727 97127 05125 51330 08230 136
Wholesale of information and communication equipment11 9718 7809 2208 8688 44010 49413 961
Wholesale of machinery, equipment and supplies24 92819 94824 65625 34920 33825 95828 324
Other specialised wholesale41 13441 48247 56256 45150 19159 67057 859
Non-specialised wholesale trade3 1142 3702 7232 8962 4903 2173 672
Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles109 94480 90092 688106 392103 35795 778113 468
Retail sale in non-specialised stores43 44934 91140 30040 70240 84036 72141 887
Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores6 2623 6904 7034 9604 9854 2805 993
Retail sale of automotive fuel in specialised stores6 9076 8747 4158 6419 4218 7048 598
Retail sale of information and communication equipment in specialised stores1 1537096598288488651 133
Retail sale of other household equipment in specialised stores20 12013 75415 87920 64418 91818 22720 421
Retail sale of cultural and recreation goods in specialised stores5 6563 6414 0655 6545 3174 0125 976
Retail sale of other goods in specialised stores17 26810 88612 00817 54016 36115 98819 924
Retail sale via stalls and markets77192645553679
Retail trade not in stores, stalls and markets9 0516 4157 6327 3806 6116 9459 457
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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

9 June 2022

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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