For economic activities subject to VAT, the VAT-turnover in January-February 2020 reflects the status just before the economy was affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Decreased turnover in fisheries and manufacture of metals
VAT-turnover in fishing and fish processing decreased by 14.5% in January-February 2020 compared with the same period 2019. In the same period, turnover in wholesale of fish and fish markets decreased by 11.4% and the turnover of manufacture of basic metals decreased by 13.9%.

Slowdown in the building sector
VAT-turnover in the building sector was 7.2% lower in January-February compared with the same period in 2019.

Decreased turnover in tourism
VAT-turnover in activities related to tourism was 9.9% lower in January-February 2020, compared with the same period in 2019. The greatest changes were in car rentals (-16.9%), travel agencies (-12.9%) and in passenger transport (-27.8% to -13.1%).

Turnover according to VAT-reports (billion ISK)
  Jan.-Feb. 2019 Jan.-Feb. 2020 % March 2018 - Feb. 2019 March 2019 - Feb. 2020 %
Total excluding the pharmaceutical industry¹ 675 663 -1.7 4,596 4,627 0.7
Agriculture and forestry² .. .. .. 52 52 -0.1
A-031/C-102 Fishing and fish processing 63 54 -14.5 359 384 6.9
A-032 Aquaculture 4 7 75.9 16 31 92.5
C-24 Manufacture of basic metals 43 37 -13.9 256 228 -10.9
C Manufacturing; excluding fish processing, pharmaceutical industry and manufacture of basic metals 62 73 17.5 433 451 4.0
D/E Electricity, gas;water supply; sewerage and waste management 32 32 1.7 189 192 1.5
F/B Construction, mining and quarrying 47 44 -7.2 360 363 0.7
G-45 Wholesale and retail trade and repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 22 20 -11.4 161 144 -10.6
G-46171/G-46172/G-46381 Wholesale of fish and fish markets 44 39 -11.4 240 253 5.5
G-4671 Wholesale of fuels 20 19 -3.3 137 148 8.3
G-46 Other wholesale 58 58 0.4 371 392 5.7
G-47 Retail trade 70 72 2.8 480 498 3.8
H Transportation and storage 59 53 -10.7 487 417 -14.4
I Accommodation and food service activities 25 24 -1.4 202 198 -1.8
J Information and communication 36 38 6.6 227 236 4.1
N-7711 Renting and leasing of cars and light motor vehicles 6 5 -16.9 51 47 -7.8
N-79 Travel agencies, tour operator reservation service and related activities 15 13 -12.9 114 112 -2.0
Foreign enterprises selling e-services to households in Iceland 2 3 12.5 16 16 3.7
Other fields of activity 65 71 8.5 444 463 4.3
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.
VAT-turnover in activities related to tourism (billion ISK)
  Jan.-Feb. 2019 Jan.-Feb. 2020 % March 2018 - Feb. 2019 March 2019 - Feb. 2020 %
Total 80 72 -9.9 676 608 -10.1
511: Passenger air transport 31 27 -13.1 280 224 -19.9
55: Accommodation 11 11 -1.7 102 99 -3.2
56: Food and beverage service activities 14 14 -1.2 100 100 -0.4
7711: Renting and leasing of cars and light motor vehicles 6 5 -16.9 51 47 -7.8
79: Travel agencies (abroad) 2 2 12.8 17 17 -0.3
79: Travel agencies (in Iceland) 13 11 -16.8 97 95 -2.2
493: Passenger land transport 3 3 -16.2 23 21 -9.2
501, 503: Sea and inland water passenger transport 0 0 -27.8 5 5 -5.1

Revision of statistics
At the time of our previous press release, in March, the VAT turnover, excluding the pharmaceutical industry, in November to December 2019 was estimated 805.7 billion ISK which was a decrease of 0.84% compared with the same period in 2018. At present, more data are available and the VAT turnover in November to December 2019 is estimated 807.8 billion ISK, a decrease of 0.58% compared with the same period in 2018.

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