The total turnover of enterprises in activities that are subject to VAT, excluding the pharmaceutical industry, amounted to 4,491 billion ISK in the twelve month period of November 2017 to October 2018, which is an increase of 8.5% compared with the preceding twelve months. The turnover in September to October 2018 was 788 billion ISK, an increase of 6.2% compared with the same period in 2017.

Turnover according to VAT-reports (billion ISK)
  Sept.-Oct. 2017 Sept.-Oct. 2018 % Nov. 2016-Oct. 2017 Nov. 2017-Oct. 2018 %
Total excluding the pharmaceutical industry¹7458118,8 4.0794.4438,9
A-01/A-02 Agriculture and forestry² ... ... ...51 511,3
A-03/C-102 Fishing, aquaculture; fish processing515710,8 30935414,5
C-24 Manufacture of basic metals364420,4 21024316,1
C Manufacturing; excluding fish processing,pharmaceutical industry and man68737,4 4004235,8
D/E Electricity, gas;water supply; sewerage and waste management273011,5 1661818,6
F/B Construction, mining and quarrying58638,4 30734311,7
G-45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles2929-0,9 1671691,1
G-46171/G-46172/G-46381 Wholesale of fish and fish markets31335,5 19621510,0
G-4671 Wholesale of fuels252815,1 1171299,5
G-46 Other wholesale57616,5 3423564,2
G-47 Retail trade82842,0 4414706,6
H Transportation and storage9810810,4 43649213,0
I Accommodation and food service activities46471,8 1861954,4
J Information and communication293312,7 19321210,1
L Real estate activities141614,1 79879,9
N-7711 Renting and leasing of cars and light motor vehicles13131,0 50511,5
N-79 Travel agency, tour operator reservation service and related activities293210,7 1051138,0
Other fields of activity516118,0 32435710,4
¹For the time being, VAT-turnover is published excluding the pharmaceutical industry. Data validation is ongoing
²Most farmers report VAT every 6 months. Hence data in two-month buckets are not a good indicator of trends in agriculture.

Revision of statistics
At the time of our previous press release, in November, the VAT turnover, excluding the pharmaceutical industry, in July to August 2018 was estimated 810.8 billion ISK which was an increase of 8.8% compared with the same period in 2017. At present, more data are available and the VAT turnover in July to August 2018 is estimated 811.9 billion ISK, an increase of 9.0% compared with the same period in 2017.

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