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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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Short-term distributive trade statistics

Short-term distributive trade statistics are an important source of information for developing and monitoring the effectiveness of economic policy and carrying out business-cycle analysis. Whereas annual statistics, such as structural-type statistics described in previous chapters, have detailedness, comprehensiveness and accuracy as priorities, the priority of short-term statistics is to produce monthly and quarterly indicators of the dynamics of distributive trade sector in the most timely manner, even if this will likely result in lower accuracy, less detailedness and reduced scope. These statistics are usually produced according to a strict timetable, and they are required as soon as possible by policymakers. Sometimes, this means that initial figures are subsequently revised or adjusted as more data are collected and analysed.

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