Companies made 18 pct more profit this year

According to Statistics Estonia, in the 1st quarter of 2017, the total profit of the business sector was 612 million euros, which was 18% more than in the same period the year before.

Compared to the 1st quarter of 2016, total profit increased in almost all economic activities. The biggest contribution to the total profit of the business sector was made by trade and manufacturing enterprises. The growth in the sector’s profit was negatively affected mostly by real estate and transportation and storage enterprises.

In the 1st quarter of 2017, enterprises sold goods and services for 12.7 billion euros, which was 8% more than in the same period of the previous year. The biggest turnover growth was in construction activity. The turnover of trade enterprises, which have the biggest share in the total turnover of the business sector, increased 7%, mainly due to an increase in the turnover of wholesale trade. The growth was supported also by retail and motor trade. The turnover of manufacturing enterprises increased 5% year over year.

Compared to the same period a year before, the total expenditure of enterprises increased 8%, including an 8% increase in personnel expenses. The number of persons employed increased 2% and the number of hours worked stayed at the level of the previous year. The labour productivity of the business sector on the basis of value added amounted to an average of 5,280 euros in a quarter per person employed, i.e. 8% more than in the 1st quarter of 2016.

The investments of enterprises resumed growth. In the 1st quarter of 2017, enterprises invested 573 million euros, which was 28% more than in the same period the year before. The investments were made mostly in machinery and equipment, transport equipment and buildings. The main investors were manufacturing, transportation and storage, and trade enterprises, accounting for more than a half of the total investments of all enterprises. Compared to the 1st quarter of 2016, only investments in the acquisition of buildings fell. Other investments increased, with the biggest increase registered in investments in transport equipment.Total profit of the business sector, 1st quarter 2010 – 1st quarter 2017

The statistics are based on the questionnaire “Economic activity, quarter”, the submission date of which was 21 April 2017. Statistics Estonia published the quarterly summary in 26 working days. For the statistical activity “Financial statistics of enterprises (quarterly)”, the main representative of public interest is the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, commissioned by whom Statistics Estonia collects and analyses the data necessary for conducting the statistical activity.

Source: Statistics Estonia

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