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Key indicators of structural business statistics in 2008

Central Statistical Bureau has compiled data on structural business statistics in 2008 which include the following sectors: industry (mining and quarrying, manufacturing, electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply, water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities), construction, trade and services (transport and storage, accommodation and food service activities, information and communication, real estate, professional, scientific and technical activities, administrative and support service activities, repair of computers and personal and household goods). Data are compiled on all active market sector enterprises, including self-employed natural persons by their kind of activity.

The compiled data show that in 2008 the turnover comprised 33,166 mln lats, of which majority – 15,293 mln lats or 46.1% of total turnover was trade. What concerns services and industry, these indicators were 7,230 mln lats (21.8%) and 6,802 mln lats (20.5%), respectively. In its turn, in construction this indicator was 3,841 mln lats or 11.6%.

Compared to 2007, in 2008 the turnover has decreased by 1.2%, of which in construction – by 9.8%, in trade – 6.1%. In its turn, an increase was observed in industry – by 7.8% and in services – by 7.6%.

Turnover by kind of activity in 2007 and 2008
(mln lats)  

Expenditure structure of enterprises witnesses that in 2008 majority of it was comprised by costs of purchase of goods and services – 26,804 mln lats or 76.9%, gross capital investment in tangible assets – 4,215 mln lats or 12.1% and personnel costs – 3,823 mln lats or 11.0%.

 Expenditure structure of enterprises by kind of activity

Compared to 2007, in 2008 total costs of enterprises (at current prices) increased by 0.6%: of which personnel costs grew by 15.6%, gross capital investment in tangible assets – by 8.6%, but costs of purchase of goods and services dropped by 2.3%.

If compared to previous year, personnel costs rose in all surveyed kinds of activity. Most rapidly it increased in services – by 21.8% and in trade - by 16.2%. Costs of purchase of goods and services grew in industry (by 10.4%) and in services (by 8.4%), but in construction and trade it decreased by 8.2% and 8.1%, respectively. Gross capital investment in tangible assets has increased in services (by 27.8%) and in construction (by 12.6%) while it has reduced in trade (by 16.2%) and in industry (by 6.7%).

More information on key indicators of business by kinds of activity can be found in the data base of CSB.


Prepared byEnterprise Finance and Structural Statistics Section
Elīna Markaine
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