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Finnish Commerce Federation, MaRa, PAM, Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) and SAK: The companies and employees of the service industry must...

Finnish Commerce Federation, MaRa, PAM, Confederation of Finnish Industries and SAK propose, that in addition to a private person, a company could also seek a restraining order against persons who continuously cause disturbances. Both companies and employees require a safe business and work environment, the federations emphasise.

Supermarkets are taking over the clothing market

Clothing consumption in Finland will grow at an annual rate of about two per cent from the present to 2023. The average Finnish consumer’s spending on clothing is about 65 per cent of the average Norwegian’s spending and Finns’ spending on footwear is just over half of what the average Austrian spends. Finns buy clothing and footwear — and even sportswear — to a large extent from supermarkets, which have further increased their appeal compared to the previous year. It appears that supermarkets have been able to respond to international competition for consumers.

International e-commerce is growing – China shows the way

E-commerce continues its strong growth. In 2018, the digital purchases made by Finns grew approximately six per cent and this growth is expected to continue – especial in mobile. The Finnish Commerce Federation is concerned that online stores, located in countries like China, do not adhere to the same regulations as those located in the EU.

Growth of commerce slowing down – taxation undermines competitive strength

On the brink of summer 2018, there was a turn of events that was particularly evident in the amount of revenue in department store trade and wholesale trade*: the three per cent growth witnessed at the start of the year turned down. The growth of specialty goods trade and grocery trade also slowed down. The slowing growth will also continue next year, and unemployment will begin to increase again. The greatest challenge facing commerce is the domestic cost burden, which makes it difficult to compete on a global scale. Value added tax specifically penalises work done in Finland.

Mikko Helander continues as Chair of the Finnish Commerce Federation

Mikko Helander, Executive Director of Kesko Corporation, continues as Chairman of the Finnish Commerce Federation in 2019. Taavi Heikkilä, Executive Director of SOK Corporation, continues as Vice Chairman.

The commerce sector has a significant role in increasing employment – deregulation strengthens the Finnish economy

The Finnish Commerce Federation has announced its Government Programme objectives for the 2019 parliamentary elections. Commerce supports well-being, which is based on work, growth and environment. The Finnish Commerce Federation offers concrete solutions—for example, for increasing employment.

Customers over the age of 50 satisfied with Finnish service quality: Customer satisfaction in Finnish consumer services 2018

There are significant differences between age groups in customer satisfaction related to services. The satisfaction of customers under the age of 35 is lower than that of customers over the age of 50 in nearly every field. Of all the commercial industries, customers value the quality of grocery trade; however, the relative price experience is weaker. All in all, the highest customer satisfaction results were found in health services, hotels and grocery trade.