Information from the Statistics and Census Service indicated that the number of operating restaurants & similar establishments and cooked-food stalls in the markets totalled 1,615 in 2009, an increase of 47 compared with 2008, consisting of 1,570 restaurants & similar establishments and 45 cooked-food stalls. Total number of persons engaged was 19,738 in 2009, up by 4.0% (+764 persons) year-on-year. Sales & Other Receipts of the sector increased by 6.5% from 2008 to MOP 4.79 billion and Total Expenditure rose by 5.0% to MOP 4.43 billion. In addition, Gross Value Added that measures the sectoral contribution to the economy amounted to MOP 1.89 billion, up by 9.7% year-on-year; Gross Fixed Capital Formation went up by 8.0% to MOP 250 million. There were 1,570 restaurants & similar establishments operating in 2009, an increase of 46 year-on-year; number of persons engaged increased by 4.0% to 19,656. Sales & Other Receipts of restaurants & similar establishments reached MOP 4.78 billion, up by 6.6% over 2008. Total Expenditure of restaurants & similar establishments amounted to MOP 4.42 billion in 2009, an increase of 5.0% year-on-year. Analyzed by item, Purchase of Goods (MOP 1.79 billion), Compensation of Employees (MOP 1.53 billion) and Operating Expenses (MOP 1.11 billion) rose by 7.8%, 5.6% and 0.2% respectively. Moreover, Gross Value Added and Gross Fixed Capital Formation grew by 9.8% and 8.0% year-on-year to MOP 1.89 billion and MOP 250 million respectively. The majority of the establishments were eating places, totalling 1,235 (78.7% of total), up by 41 compared with 2008. Number of persons engaged rose by 7.5% to 12,622. Sales (MOP 2.86 billion) and Expenses (MOP 2.63 billion) increased by 7.8% and 7.3% respectively year-on-year. In 2009, there were 45 cooked-food stalls operating in municipal markets, an increase of 1 stall over 2008, engaging a total of 82 persons but without paid employees. Sales and Expenditure of cooked-food stalls decreased by 4.8% and 9.3% over 2008 to MOP 14.52 million and MOP 8.76 million respectively; in addition, Gross Value Added decreased by 4.6% to MOP 5.81 million. Survey coverage comprised all licensed restaurants, eating & drinking places, and cooked-food stalls in municipal markets in 2009, excluding hotel-operated restaurants and similar facilities, as well as street hawkers.