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Improvement in the main economic indicators of the distributive trade enterprises

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In 2017, Trade companies recorded improvements in the main economic indicators: turnover (€136.9 billion) increased by 6.9% (+3.5% in 2016); the gross value added (€17.8 billion) grew by 7.3% (+5.9% in 2016); the commercial margin increased by 6.0% (+4.0% in 2016) and persons employed (768.1 thousand employees) increased by 2.5% (+1.8% in 2016).
Wholesale trade stood out with a contribution of 49.3% to the total turnover of Trade, besides a 35.8% share to retail trade and the remaining 14.9% to the trade and repair of motor vehicles sector.
By 2017, 3 496 large-sized commercial units were in operation, of which 50.6% dedicated to non-food retail trade and the remaining to food retail trade. The turnover of these commercial units increased by 5.5% (+5.1% in 2016), reaching €18.3 billion. Persons employed grew by 4.4% (after +1.8% in 2016) and amounted to 114.6 thousand workers.

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