2007 was a dynamic year for trade
Household consumption and investment by companies remained dynamic in 2007 and the three major trade sectors grew. The wholesale trade picked up again after a slowdown in 2006; all the wholesale sectors grew, apart from semi-finished non-farm goods, which suffered a slight setback. Professional capital goods and in non-food consumer goods remained the most dynamic areas. In the retail trade (including bakery and delicatessen goods), growth continued to be driven by specialist non-food retailers and pharmacies. Department stores also performed well and food hypermarkets grew slightly. Car sales and repairs got going again in 2007. In trade as a whole, the increase in salaried employment and the number of businesses was mainly brought about by the retail trade, and to a lesser extent by the wholesale trade.