EU wholesale trade: analysis of the sector and value chains

Client/Funding Institution

European Commission, DG Grow


The study examined the European wholesale sector from several perspectives. First of all an overview of size and the economic significance of the wholesale was gained. As a second step the wholesale was seen as an economic function that connects different sectors and countries to global value chains. And as a third level it was gone deeper into the wholesale sector with a case study about the subsector ‘Wholesale of mining, construction and construction engineering’ which was examined more precisely.


January 2016 - June 2016

wiiw team Leader

Robert Stehrer

wiiw Staff

Manuela Engleitner, Doris Hanzl-Weiss, Olga Pindyuk

Project Partners

Austrian Institute of Technologie (AIT), IDEA Consult


External Publications

'Single market integration and competitiveness report 2016', European Commission, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, November 2016

Keywords: wholesale trade, European Union, mining, construction, civil engineering machinery, global value chain

Countries covered: EU-28, European Union

Research Areas: Sectoral studies