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Wholesale trade and intermediaries. Main results. By branches

Wholesale trade and intermediaries. Main results. By branches CCAE-2009 Catalonia. 2021
Companies (number) Turnover Consumption of goods Personnel costs Expenditure on external services Gross investment in tangible assets
Agricultural matter and live animals 1,234 (b) Break in time series 5,315,464 4,529,175 188,278 287,565 37,972
Food, beverages and tobacco 5,622 (b) Break in time series 21,290,615 16,606,975 1,563,109 2,305,296 274,587
Articles for domestic use 8,483 (b) Break in time series 26,276,118 17,586,416 3,110,538 3,872,673 339,014
ICT equipment 1,056 (b) Break in time series 6,750,898 5,375,502 942,781 401,151 34,371
Other machinery and equipment 3,733 (b) Break in time series 9,095,688 6,123,659 1,332,963 899,588 172,127
Other wholesale 5,285 (b) Break in time series 32,571,046 26,713,237 1,914,219 2,062,805 298,141
Non-specialized wholesale trade 2,220 (b) Break in time series 762,751 486,635 109,603 111,624 8,232
Trade intermediaries 14,632 (b) Break in time series 2,554,359 16,972 603,315 739,465 44,343
Total 42,265 (b) Break in time series 104,616,938 77,438,571 9,764,806 10,680,167 1,208,786
Units: Thousands of euros.
Source: Idescat, based on the INE's Structural business statistics in the trade sector.
Note: Due to methodological improvements in the calculation of the number of companies, in 2021 there is a break in time series compared to previous years.
(b) Break in time series.

Last update: November 23, 2023.


These statistics have a specific section with all the information available: Structural Business Statistics in the Service Sector (EAS).

Methodological note

Definition of concepts

Consumption of goods
Number of purchases of goods (assets acquired by the company to be resold without subjecting them to a transformation process) made by the company during the reference year, less the changes in good inventories. The purchases are accounted for without including VAT and in net terms, in other words, by deducting discounts for immediate payment, sales returns and quantity discounts.
Personnel costs
Total amount of payments made by the company as wages and salaries, compensations, Social Security paid by the company and other social costs (long term retributions via contributory systems or defined allowances, retributions to personnel via patrimony instruments and other social expenses).
Expenditure on external services
Sum of all the different operating expenses incurred by the company during the reference year, including R&D expenses, leases and fees, repairs and maintenance, services of independent professionals, third-party transport, non-social insurance premiums, banking services and the like, advertising, publicity and public relations, supplies and other services.
The smallest combination of legal units constituting an organisational unit for the production of goods or services, one having certain autonomy in terms of decision-making, principally for allocating the resources it has at its disposal.
Gross investment in material assets
Amount of the increases in value produced for different types of asset, which originate from purchases of new or used assets from third parties, from the production of one's own assets or from work done by the company or third parties on already existing elements in order to increase production capacity, performance or useful life. This is the gross investment. Until 2007, the investment was calculated as a difference between real increases in the value of capital and the sales of said resources. Investment operations are accounted for as their total value. Purchases are valued at acquisition cost, without including deductible VAT but including transport, installation costs, registration and notary costs and other non deductible taxes. Work done by the company using its resources is valued at cost price. Does not include investments in property made to obtain income or capital gains.
It includes the amounts invoiced by the company during the reference year for sales of goods and services corresponding to the company's ordinary activities. These sales are accounted for in net terms, in other words, by deducting sales discounts for immediate payment, sales returns, the value of returned packaging and quantity discounts. The taxes and duties on invoiced goods and services are included but the VAT transferred to the customer is excluded.

Methodological aspects

The main source of trade statistics is the Structural business statistics in the trade sector, called the Annual Trade Survey prior to the reference year 2014, conducted by the INE in accordance with European Union regulations, whereby the statistics for Catalonia are exploited by Idescat. General information is obtained on the evolution of commerce and three main groups or sections that it is made up of:

  • sale and repair of motor vehicles and motocycles
  • wholesale
  • retail

This breakdown presents the tables showing the main results for macromagnitudes and employed persons. In turn, these large groups are subdivided into branches that cover all specialities of commerce. For this smaller breakdown, tables showing macromagnitudes and employed persons are also presented.

Since 2008, the Annual commerce survey has been adapted to the new National classification of economic activities (CNAE-2009). This change involves a shift in the series that prevents inter-annual comparison between most sectors and some variables.

The correspondences between the sectors used and the Catalan classification of economic activities (CCAE-2009) is as follows:

CCAE-2009Groups of activities
45Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
46Wholesale trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles
47Retail trade, except of motor vehicles and motorcycles
49-53Transportation and storage
58-63Information and communication
68Real estate activities
69-75Professional, scientific and technical activities
77-82Administrative and support service activities
90-93Arts, entertainment and recreation
95,96Other services

Several methodological improvements were applied to the Structural Business Statistics in 2016. The results for 2016 are therefore not strictly comparable with those for previous years.

You can get more information about these statistics in the methodology.