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International Recommendations for Distributive Trade Statistics 2008

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The publication provides recommendations on the concepts, definitions, classifications, data sources, data compilation methods, approaches to data quality assessment, metadata and dissemination policies applicable in distributive trade statistics. The recommendations also cover some specific topics that have been identified as requiring additional guidance such as the treatment of informal sector units, compilation of indices of distributive trade and seasonal adjustment. The information is consistent with those issued in other fields of economic statistics and has been harmonized with the System of National Accounts 2008 (2008 SNA).

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Performance indicators

The increasing demand for information through which to assess businesses’ status in the distributive trade sector in the areas of profitability, productivity and efficiency has led to an intense interest in wholesale and retail trade performance indicators. Performance indicators make it possible either to evaluate performance of individual retailers and wholesalers or to determine how well distributive trade is performing in relation to other industries in the national economy or internationally.

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