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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9.1. Data dissemination. Data dissemination is one of the key activities in which national statistical offices are involved. It is a means not only of providing policymakers, the business community and other users with high-quality statistical information but also of motivating respondents to participate in statistical surveys. If national statistical offices have the legal power to collect and disseminate statistical information, they also have the obligation to protect the confidentiality of respondents.

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