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Persons employed in the trade sector

Persons employed in the trade sector 2018
Value (annual average) Percentage (%)
Wholesale trade Retail trade Repair of motor vehicles Total Wholesale trade Retail trade Repair of motor vehicles Total
Catalonia 228,673 302,853 49,621 581,147 39.3 52.1 8.5 100.0
Spain 1,106,902 (b) 1,738,217 (b) 308,379 (b) 3,153,498 (b) 35.1 55.1 9.8 100.0
European Union-27 9,558,186 16,170,694 3,489,042 29,217,920 32.7 55.3 11.9 100.0
Units: Number.
Source Catalonia: Idescat. Source Spain and European Union: Eurostat.
(b) Break in time series.

Last update: November 30, 2020.

Methodological note

Eurostat disseminates the Structural business statistics (SBS), that describe the structure, conduct and performance of economic activities, down to the most detailed activity level.

The Catalonia data come from the Structural business statistics in the trade sector, performed annually by the National Statistical Institute (INE) in collaboration with the Statistical Institute of Catalonia (Idescat) in the Catalan territory. Its fundamental objective is the study of the economic characteristics of companies in the sector, such as their primary activities and employment, as well as accounting data such as expenses or income.

The data published for Catalonia regarding this statistic refers to the activities developed by the company units in Catalonia, according to the Catalan Classification of Economic Activities 2009 (CCAE-2009).

As for the trade sector, the sectorisation corresponding to the Catalan Classification of Economic Activities 2009 (CCAE-2009) is as follows:

Sectorisation corresponding to the Catalan Classification of Economic Activities 2009 (CCAE-2009)
Activity groups CCAE-2009
Sale and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles45
Wholesale and intermediaries, except motor vehicles46
Retail sales, except motor vehicles and motorcycles 47