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Published: 13 March 2009

Turnover in service industries grew by 4.8 per cent in October to December

Service industries generated 4.8 per cent more turnover in the 2008 October to December period than in the respective time period of the year before. In the previous three-month period that ended in September their turnover increased by 8.1 per cent. Services are here examined exclusive of trade and the data have been adjusted for working days by eliminating effects of calendar variations from them.

Among the main service industries, turnover grew fastest in real estate, renting and business activities where it was up by 7.8 per cent on the corresponding time period of the previous year. In hotel and restaurant activities, turnover increased by 4.5 per cent in the latest three-month period. The growth of turnover in transport, storage and communication activities amounted to 1.4 per cent in the October to December period. In other community, social and personal service activities turnover went up by 7.6 per cent.

The economic downturn can be seen towards the end of 2008. In December, growth in the combined turnover of service industries was some three per cent from December 2007. The growth of turnover in hotel and restaurant activities slowed down to just under two per cent. Turnover of transport, storage and communications continued to decrease, as it did in November. Growth evened out in December also in other community, social and personal service activities.

Year-on-year change in turnover of services, three-month averages adjusted for working days and year-on-year change in latest month, % (TOL 2002)

  Year-on-year change by three-month period % * Year-on-year change in latest month %
1-3/2008 4-6/2008 7-9/2008 10-12/2008 12/2008
Services, total (excl. trade) 9.3 8.7 8.1 4.8 3.1
- Hotels and restaurants 6.5 7.1 5.5 4.5 1.7
- Transport, storage and communication 6.7 6.6 7.4 1.4 -1.3
- Real estate, renting and business activities 12.7 10.8 9.9 7.8 9.0
- Other community, social and personal service activities 10.4 11.2 8.4 7.6 5.5
*) Year-on-year change by three-month period compares the value for a period of three statistical reference months to the value for the corresponding three-month period of the previous year.

The revised standard industrial classification, TOL 2008, and base year 2005=100 will be introduced in these statistics starting from data concerning January 2009. A news item about the adoption of TOL 2008 in statistics on turnover of service industries is posted on the home page of the statistics.

Source: Turnover of service industries 2008, December. Statistics Finland

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Last updated 13.3.2009

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Turnover of service industries [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-0998. December 2008. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 30.9.2022].
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