VAT-turnover in fishing and fish production increased by 6.3% in November-December 2019 compared with the same period in 2018. In 2019, the turnover in aquaculture was 106% higher than in 2018.

Decreased turnover in air transport
VAT-turnover in transportation and storage decreased by 7.3% in November-December 2019 compared with the same period 2018. This reduction is mostly due to a decrease in turnover in air transport ( 6.0%).

The building sector slows down
VAT-turnover in the building sector was 3.1% lower in November-December 2019 compared with the same period in 2018.

Less turnover in manufacture of metals
VAT-turnover of basic metals decreased by 16.5% in November-December 2019, compared with the same period in 2018.

Turnover according to VAT-reports (billion ISK)
  Nov.-Dec. 2018 Nov.-Dec. 2019 % 2018 2019 %
Total excluding the pharmaceutical industry¹ 812 806 -0.8 4,542 4,635 2.0
Agriculture and forestry² ... ... ... 52 52 -0.6
A-031/C-102 Fishing and fish processing 61 64 6.3 345 392 13.7
A-032 Aquaculture 3 6 94.2 14 28 106.1
C-24 Manufacture of basic metals 42 35 -16.5 254 234 -7.8
C Manufacturing; excluding fish processing,pharmaceutical industry and manufactu 85 85 0.3 430 440 2.3
D/E Electricity, gas;water supply; sewerage and waste management 35 35 -0.9 188 192 2.2
F/B Construction, mining and quarrying 70 67 -3.1 357 365 2.5
G-45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 23 21 -7.5 163 146 -10.1
G-46171/G-46172/G-46381 Wholesale of fish and fish markets 39 37 -4.7 228 258 13.4
G-4671 Wholesale of fuels 19 21 9.1 133 149 11.7
G-46 Other wholesale 69 70 1.3 370 395 6.9
G-47 Retail trade 92 94 1.4 476 497 4.4
H Transportation and storage 67 62 -7.3 494 424 -14.2
I Accommodation and food service activities 30 28 -6.7 202 199 -1.6
J Information and communication 45 47 3.3 224 235 4.7
N-7711 Renting and leasing of cars and light motor vehicles 8 7 -13.6 51 48 -6.4
N-79 Travel agencies, tour operator reservation service and related activities 16 14 -12.0 113 113 0.9
Foreign enterprises selling e-services to households in Iceland 2 2 -9.9 9 9 8.2
Other fields of activity 86 90 4.9 442 459 3.8
¹ For the time being, VAT-turnover is published excluding the pharmaceutical industry. Data validation is ongoing.
² Many farmers report VAT biannually, in accordance with paragraph 31 of the VAT-laws. Hence, bimonthly data do not reflect the turnover in agriculture.

Revision of statistics
At the time of our previous press release, in January, the VAT turnover, excluding the pharmaceutical industry, in September to October 2019 was estimated 799.1 billion ISK which was an increase of 1.07% compared with the same period in 2018. At present, more data are available and the VAT turnover in September to October 2019 is estimated 800.2 billion ISK, an increase of 1.21% compared with the same period in 2018.

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