Trade volume indices
Statistical activity code: 21603
Monthly data: turnover volume index with 2015 as reference base year by economic activity, turnover volume index change by economic activity compared to the previous period and the corresponding period of the previous year
Quarterly data: retail sales volume index with 2015 as the reference year; retail sales volume index by economic activity compared to the previous period and the corresponding period of the previous year; retail sales volume index by commodity group compared to the previous period and the corresponding period of the previous year
Estonian Classification of Economic Activities (EMTAK 2008) based on NACE Rev. 2
Groups of economic activities used in data publication:
G 45 + G 47 - Economic activities total
G 45 - Wholesale, retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
G 451 + G 453 + G 454 - Sale of motor vehicles, their parts and accessories
G 452 - Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles
G 47 - Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles
G 4711 - Retail sale in non-specialized stores with food, beverages and tobacco predominating
G 4719 - Retail sale in non-specialized stores
G 472 - Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialized stores
G 473 - Retail sale of automotive fuel in specialized stores
G 4743 + G 4752 + G 4754 + G 4759 + G 4763 Retail sale of household goods and appliances, hardware and building materials
G 4751 + G 4771 + G 4772 Retail sale of textiles, clothing, footwear and leather goods
G 4773 + G 4774 + G 4775 Retail sale of pharmaceutical and medical goods, cosmetic and toilet articles
G 4741 + G 4742 + G 4753 + G 4761 + G 4762 + G 4764 + G 4765 + G 4776 + G 4777 + G 4778 Retail sale in other specialized stores
G 4791 - Retail sale via mail order houses or via internet
G 4779 + G 4781 + G 4782 + G 4789 + G 4799 - Retail sale of second-hand goods in stores, retail sale via stalls and markets, direct sale
Motor trade and retail trade enterprises, NACE G45 and G47
Constant price – current price deflated by price index of goods and services.
Current price – the prices of goods and services in the reference period.
Deflator – a price index used to convert an economic indicator in prices of a certain period into prices of another period.
Motor trade enterprise – enterprise which have the wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles as the main activity (activity G 45 in the Estonian Classification of Economic Activities (EMTAK)).
Retail trade enterprise – enterprise which first and foremost have the sale of goods (excl. motor vehicles and motorcycles) for mainly household use as the main activity (activity G 47 in the Estonian Classification of Economic Activities (EMTAK)).
Value index – an index that expresses the change in the sales of goods in current prices compared to the sales of previous periods. Value index is the ratio in percentages of the indicator of the current period and that of the reference period. Price index is not used in calculating the value index.
Volume index – an index that expresses the change in the volume of sales of goods in constant prices compared to the sales of some previous period. Price indices of goods are used in calculating the index.
Enterprises whose main activity is the wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles or retail trade
List of active enterprises whose main activity is the wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles or retail trade.
The list is generated from the Business Register for Statistical Purposes.
Estonia as a whole
The base year for the indices is 2015 = 100
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Regulation (EC) No 2019/2152 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 November 2019 on European business statistics, repealing 10 legal acts in the field of business statistics (Text with EEA relevance)
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Data are published in the statistical database at https://andmed.stat.ee/en/stat under the subject area “Economy / Internal trade / Trade volume indices” in the following tables:
KM020: Trade enterprises (except wholesale trade and commission trade) turnover and volume index by economic activity (EMTAK 2008) (months)
KM00338: Retail sales volume index, 2015 = 100 (quarters)
KM0102: Retail sales volume index by economic activity (EMTAK 2008), previous period = 100 (quarters)
KM0103: Retail sales volume index by economic activity (EMTAK 2008), corresponding period of previous year = 100 (quarters)
KM0105: Retail sales volume index by commodity group, previous period = 100 (quarters)
KM0106: Retail sales volume index by commodity group, corresponding period of previous year = 100 (quarters)
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Data serve as input for statistical activity 21405 “National accounts (quarterly)”.
Methodology of short-term business statistics. Interpretation and guidelines, Eurostat (2006)
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The data are comparable to data from other Member States of the European Union, using common methodology on short-term statistics.
The data are comparable since 2002.
Monthly turnover of trade enterprises is coherent with the same quarterly and annual indicators. Quarterly data of trade enterprises on retail sales are comparable with the same annual indicators.
Not applicable. The turnover volume index is based on the turnover indicator from statistical activity 21601 “Financial statistics of trade enterprises (monthly)”; and retail sales volume index is based on the retail sales indicator from statistical activity 20007 “Financial statistics of enterprises (quarterly)”.
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The published data may be revised if the methodology is modified, errors are discovered, new or better data become available within a year from the end of the reference period.
DATA FROM OTHER STATISTICAL ACTIVITIES
Data from statistical activities 20007 “Financial statistics of enterprises (quarterly)” , 20407 “Consumer price index” and 21601 “Financial statistics of trade enterprises (monthly)” are used.
Arithmetic and qualitative controls are used in the validation process, including comparison with the data of previous periods.
The collected data are converted into statistical output. This includes calculation of additional indicators.
The comparison of sales data with previous periods is presented as net sales and retail sales volume indices.
Time series are seasonally adjusted and trend-cycle is estimated.