Wholesale and retail enterprises
Retail – economic driving force
In Niedersachsen, around 300,000 workers at some 40,000 companies generate an annual turnover of 42.8 billion € and thus make a substantial contribution to the State’s value added. Directly and indirectly induced value added from the retail sector in Niedersachsen alone amounts to 17.3 billion €; every day, around five million people make purchases in Niedersachsen’s retail shops.
The retail sector trains about 16,000 young people each year; Niedersachsen is home to BZE-Springe, one of Germany’s largest and most highly regarded initial and further training institutes for the retail trades.
- 5 million customers a day
- 300,000 employees in the retail trade
- 16,000 trainees in the retail trade
- 40,000 retail businesses
Wholesale and foreign trade
In Niedersachsen alone, more than 10,000 businesses with a total of almost 100,000 employees generate an annual turnover of 81 billion € (source: AGA Unternehmensverband und Statistikamt Nord). Wholesale and foreign trading connects manufacturers, processing industries and retail traders. Core business is in manufactured and consumer goods, and associated services.