International recommendations for industrial statistics 2008

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The present publication is a component of the United Nations Statistics Division initiative for strengthening countries methodological and operational foundation for industrial statistics. Although this publication makes recommendations for industrial statistics, many elements of its recommendations, like those for the definition and delineation of statistical units and its guidance on a data-collection strategy and data compilation practices, are generally applicable to the development of an integrated economic statistics system for business statistics in general, with a view to collecting, compiling and reporting basic economic data across economic activities, in the most cost-efficient manner, consistent with macroeconomic statistics. This publication is designed to provide a comprehensive methodological framework for the collection and reporting of industrial statistics in all countries, irrespective of the level of development of their statistical systems.

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Data-collection strategy

The aim of the industrial statistics programme is to obtain comprehensive and accurate statistical information on the industrial activity within the economy. This information may be obtained either through the statistical surveys or through institutional links with the data sets available elsewhere, in administrative sources. Generally, a mix of the two sources is used for the collection of industrial statistics. The extent of the use of one source rather than the other depends upon the statistical system of a particular country. Countries with a developed statistical system make progressively more use of administrative sources for coverage of industrial activities.

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