The profit of the business sector increased in 2017

news release no 20

According to the preliminary data of Statistics Estonia, in 2017, the total profit of the business sector was 2.8 billion euros, which is 5% more than the year before.

Compared to 2016, total profit increased in most economic activities. Manufacturing and transportation and storage enterprises made the biggest contribution to the total profit of the business sector. The growth in the sector’s profit was negatively affected mainly by real estate and wholesale enterprises. The profit of manufacturing increased by approximately a third compared to 2016, mainly due to an increase in profits in the manufacture of electronics, fuel oil and food products.

In 2017, enterprises sold goods and services for 55 billion euros, which is 10% more than the year before. The biggest increase occurred in the turnover of enterprises specialising in water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities. The turnover of trade and manufacturing enterprises, which have the biggest share in the total turnover of the business sector, increased 8% and 5%, respectively.  

Compared to 2016, the total expenditure of enterprises increased 10%, including 9% increase in labour costs. The number of persons employed and the number of hours worked increased 3% and 2%, respectively. In 2017, the labour productivity of the business sector on the basis of value added amounted to an average of 22,600 euros per person employed, i.e. 5% more than in 2016.

In 2017, enterprises invested 2.4 billion euros, which is 15% more than the year before. As in 2016, the investments were made mostly in machinery and equipment, and buildings and civil engineering works. The main investors were manufacturing, transportation and storage, and trade enterprises, accounting for nearly a half of the total investments of all enterprises. Compared to 2016, all investments increased, with the biggest increase registered in investments in computer systems.

In the 4th quarter of 2017, enterprises sold goods and services for 14.5 billion euros, which is 10% more than in the same period of 2016. In the 4th quarter of 2017, enterprises invested 672 million euros, i.e. a tenth more than in the 4th quarter of 2016.

Total profit of the business sector, 2002–2017

The statistics are based on the questionnaire “Economic activity, quarter”, the submission date of which was 21 January 2018. Statistics Estonia published the quarterly summary in 26 working days. For the statistical activity “Financial statistics of enterprises (quarterly)”, the main representative of public interest is the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, commissioned by whom Statistics Estonia collects and analyses the data necessary for conducting the statistical activity.

For further information:

Merike Sinisaar
Leading Statistician-Methodologist
Enterprise and Agricultural Statistics Department
Statistics Estonia
Tel. +372 625 9291

More detailed data have been published in the statistical database (enterprises’ investments, productivity measures, income statement).