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Latest publication: Turnover of service industries 2020, December

Published: 14 December 2020

Turnover and output in services fell in October

Working day adjusted turnover in service industries fell by 9.0 per cent in October 2020 from October 2019. Service output or volume, from which the impact of prices has been eliminated, fell by 6.2 per cent over the same period. In this year's September, turnover went down by 8.8 per cent, while volume contracted correspondingly by 5.8 per cent. Services are here examined exclusive of trade.

Annual change in working day adjusted turnover and volume of service industries, %

Annual change in working day adjusted turnover and volume of service industries, %

In October 2020, the weakest development among the main service industries was recorded in accommodation and food service activities, where working day adjusted turnover fell by 33.9 per cent from October 2019. Over the same period, the volume also went down, being 34.0 per cent lower than in October 2019.

In the biggest service industry in terms of turnover, transportation and storage, working day adjusted turnover decreased by 22.0 per cent from October 2019. The volume of transportation and storage was 17.7 per cent lower in October 2020 than one year earlier. Working day adjusted turnover in the industry of arts, entertainment and recreation also went down, by 14.0 per cent from October 2019.

Administrative and support services activities also remained above the average fall in turnover in service industries, as working day adjusted turnover decreased by 9.4 per cent in October 2020 from October one year earlier. Simultaneously, the 6.1 per cent drop in the volume of the industry was almost the same level with the average development in the volume of service industries. Of the main service industries, other service activities also decreased, there turnover fell by 4.6 per cent from October 2019.

The most positive development in service industries in October 2020 was seen in information and communication, where turnover grew by 2.8 per cent in October 2020 from one year earlier. The 4.8 per cent rise in the volume of the industry from October 2019 was fastest among service industries. Working day adjusted turnover in professional, scientific and technical activities grew by 1.7 per cent from October 2019. At the time, the volume in the industry also rose by 0.7 per cent. The working day adjusted turnover in real estate activities grew by 1.4 per cent from October 2019. In the corresponding period, the volume of the industry pushed itself to a 0.2 per cent increase in October 2020 from October of the year before.

Annual change in working day adjusted turnover and volume of service industries, October 2020, % (TOL 2008)

Annual change in working day adjusted turnover and volume of service industries, October 2020, % (TOL 2008)

Turnover and output remained growing

Seasonally adjusted turnover in service industries remained on level with September in October 2020. The output of services, from which the impact of prices has been eliminated, grew moderately by 0.3 per cent over the same period. In September, turnover grew by 1.1 per cent from August 2020. The volume, in turn, went up at the time by 1.3 per cent.

Change in seasonally adjusted turnover and volume from the previous month of service industries, %

Change in seasonally adjusted turnover and volume from the previous month of service industries, %

The data for the latest month are preliminary and they may become significantly revised particularly on more detailed industry levels in coming months. The volume of service industries is calculated by eliminating the effect of price changes from the turnover index.

The factors caused by the variation in the number of weekdays are taken into account in adjustment for working days. This means taking into consideration the lengths of months, different weekdays and holidays. In addition, seasonal variation is eliminated from seasonally adjusted series, on account of which it makes sense to compare observations of two successive months as well.


Source: Turnover of service industries, Statistics Finland

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Updated 14.12.2020

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