The turnover generated by wholesale trade companies in Catalonia stood at 80,439 million euros in 2015, which represents a 2.1% increase with respect to the previous year, according to the Structural Business Statistics in the Service Sector. Of all service sectors, wholesale trade is the sector generating the highest business volume and most added value (11,507 million euros, 3.5% higher than the previous year), whilst retail trade was the sector employing the most people (292,614 employees, 1.8% higher than 2014).
The Structural Business Statistics in the Service Sector (called the Annual Services Survey prior to the reference year 2014), is the main source of information on all market services. The fundamental purpose is to study the structural characteristics of service companies, including trade companies (number of establishments, employees, revenue and operating expenditures, etc.) and estimate the main macromagnitudes, with a large sectoral disaggregation.
The main sources of information are the Structural Business Statistics in the Trade and Service Sector, which are two annual sample surveys carried out by the INE in conjunction with Idescat in Catalonia (in accordance with the joint agreements signed by the two institutions). Idescat makes a detailed treatment for Catalonia.
Starting in the reference year 2015, a project to integrate the structural business surveys in the industrial, trade and service sectors was carried out, which brought about the following changes:
-practically identical questionnaires in the three sectors
-more efficient sample designs, to reduce the burden on the respondents and make better use of administrative records
- new name for the former operations (Annual Trade Survey, Annual Services Survey and Industrial Companies Survey), which became the Structural Business Statistics in theTrade Sector, the Service Sector and the Industrial Sector.