DEFINITIONS

Constant price – current price deflated by price index of goods and services.

Current price – the prices of goods and services in the reference period.

Wholesale sales of goods – reselling of goods and mediation to industrial and trade consumers, institutions and organisations, including leasing enterprises. In mediation of goods, the goods do not belong to mediator, only commission for services belongs there.

Retail sales of goods – resell of new and second-hand goods by stores, stalls, sell counters, mail order sale stores, Internet and public sale to the people for their private consumption and housekeeping. Retail sale will not include sales of durable goods (cars, furniture, household appliances, etc.) to the people through leasing enterprises, if leasing enterprise becomes the owner of goods.

Wholesale sales of goods – reselling of goods and mediation to industrial and trade consumers, institutions and organisations, including leasing enterprises. In mediation of goods, the goods do not belong to mediator, only commission for services belongs there.

Volume index – the change in the volume of sales of goods in constant prices compared to the sale of some previous period. Price indices of goods are used while calculating the index.

METHODOLOGY

PREFACE

The financial data of enterprises have been collected on the basis of the annual statistical questionnaire “EKOMAR”, “Annual data of agriculture, hunting and fishing enterprises”.

The financial data of enterprises do not include data of budgetary institutions and organisations, sole proprietors and farms. The financial data of enterprises total do not include the data of the branch of activity "Financial intermediation".

DATA PROCESSING

Statistical unit

Statistical unit is the enterprise as a company – public limited company, private limited company, general partnership, limited partnership, commercial association and branch of foreign company.

Population and sampling frame

Survey population comprise enterprises, which are included in the register of economically active enterprises called statistical profile. The statistical profile is created on the basis of the database of the Ministry of Justice Centre of Register and is used as a sampling frame.

Sample

The financial data) are collected by sample survey, using stratified simple random sampling. The population was stratified by economic activity, by number of persons employed and by type of owner.

Enterprises have been divided into groups by economic activity according to the Estonian Classification of Economic Activities (EMTAK), which is based on the NACE (Statistical Classification of Economic Activities in the European Communities).

Enterprises were classified also by type of owner according to shareholding interest (i.e. who holds the majority of votes in commercial undertaking). Enterprises are considered to be in public ownership in case the shareholding of the state or local government is 50% or more.

Enterprises are considered to be in private ownership in case the shareholding of the state or local government is less than 50%.

All state and municipal enterprises as well as enterprises of private ownership with 20 or more employees are completely enumerated. The rest of enterprises belonging to Estonian and foreign persons in private law are sampled.

Number of respondents

The group of respondents includes enterprises, which had completed the questionnaire, as well as enterprises, which had no economic activity in the reference period.

Confidentiality

According to the Official Statistics Act (Articles 8 and 9), Statistics Estonia is obliged to ensure the protection of the collected data. The data can be used only for statistical purposes. The data are disseminated and transmitted in a generalised form, all characteristics, which permit identification of respondents, are excluded, the data have to be grouped in at least threes where the proportion of each respondent's data in aggregations does not exceed 90%. In case there are only one or two enterprises in a group, the data can be transmitted or disseminated only by the written consent of respondents.

CLASSIFICATIONS

Estonian Classification of Economic Activities (EMTAK 2003) based on NACE Rev.1.1

 

G

Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles etc.

G 50

Sale, maintenance and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles; retail sale of automotive fuel

G 51

Wholesale trade and commission trade

G 52

Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles; repair of personal and household goods

 

Groups of economic activities used in data publication:

 

 

G 50

Sale, maintenance and repair of motor vehicles, retail sale of automotive fuel

G 501+G 503+G 504

   sale of motor vehicles and their parts

G 502

   maintenance and repair of motor vehicles

G 505

   retail sale of automotive fuel

G 51

Wholesale trade and commission trade

G 511

   wholesale on a fee or contract basis

G 512

   wholesale of agricultural raw materials and live animals

G 513

   wholesale of food, beverages and tobacco

G 514

   wholesale of textiles, clothing, footwear and household goods

G 515

   wholesale of fuels, metals, building materials, chemical products and waste

G 518

   wholesale of machinery, equipment and supplies

G 519

   other wholesale

G 52

Retail trade

G 5211

   retail sale in non-specialized stores with food predominating

G 5212

   retail sale in non-specialized stores with industrial goods predominating

G 522

   retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialized stores

G 523

   retail sale of pharmaceutical and medical goods, cosmetics

G 5241+G 5242+G 5243

   retail sale of textiles, clothing, footwear and leather goods

G 5244+G 5245+G 5246

   retail sale of household goods and appliances, hardware and building materials

G 5247+G 5248

   retail sale in other specialized stores

G 5261

   retail sale via mail order houses

G 525+G 5262+G 5263+G 527

   retail sale of second-hand goods in stores, other non-store retail sale, repair of personal and household goods

MORE DATA

Eesti statistika aastaraamat. Statistical Yearbook of Estonia

Eesti piirkondlik statistika. Regional Statistics of Estonia. Yearbook

Ettevõtlus. Business

CONTACT PERSON

Tatjana Semjonova

Enterprise and Agricultural Statistics Department

Tel +372 625 9163

tatjana.semjonova@stat.ee

Updated:   12.05.2008