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Press Release 19/05/2017


In the first quarter of 2017, sales for both Trade and Other Market Services in the Basque Country rose by 1.8%

The Wholesale Retail and Hotel Management & Catering Subsectors showed the highest growth

The Trade sector, which comprises Wholesale Trade, Retail Trade and the Sale & Repair of Vehicles, saw sales increase by 1.8% in the first quarter of 2017 in constant terms, with the sectors that come under Other Services also seeing an increase in sales of 1.8%, all in relation to the same quarter of the previous year, according to data prepared by Eustat.

Compared with the previous quarter, both the Trade and Other Services sectors saw rises of 0.7% and 0.6%, respectively, at constant prices and once any seasonal effects had been eliminated.

Within Trade, the year-on-year evolution was positive, above all in Wholesale Trade, up 2.8%, Sale & Repair of Motor Vehicles, also showing an upturn, although lower at 0.2%; in contrast, Retail Trade dropped by 0.4%.

In the Other Services sector, the sales index of the Hotel Management & Catering branch rose by 6.8%, that of Transport & Storage increased by 2.3%, and Information & Communications was up by 1.0%, in constant terms. On the other hand, Professional, Scientific & Technical Activities fell by 1.0% and Administrative Activities & Auxiliary Services was down by 1.6%.

By province, Álava saw sales in Trade rise by 3.1% and sales in Other Services rise by 1.9%; Bizkaia saw sales in Trade rise by 1.7% and sales in Other Services rise by 2.4%; and, lastly, Gipuzkoa saw sales in Trade rise by 1.3% and sales in Other Services rise by 0.7%. This is all in relation to the first quarter of 2016 once the price effect had been discounted.

The index of employed people in the Basque Country rose on a year-on-year basis for both indexes, with a 1.1% rise in the Trade sector and a 1.3% increase in the index for Other Services. Compared to the fourth quarter of 2016, the index increased by 0.2% in the Trade sector and remained unchanged (0.0%) in Other Services, all in deseasonalised terms.

Table 1. Service Index of the Basque Country. Year-on-year and quarter-on-quarter growth rates (p). I/2017		
Source: Eustat. Service Index

For further information:

Eustat - Euskal Estatistika Erakundea / Instituto Vasco de Estadística
C/ Donostia-San Sebastián, 1 01010 Vitoria-Gasteiz
Press Service: Tel: 945 01 75 62
Press releases on the Internet on the services index of the Basque Country
Databank on the services index of the Basque Country

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