International recommendations for industrial statistics 2008
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International recommendations for industrial statistics 2008

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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Since the 1950s, the United Nations has published international recommendations for industrial statistics. The first set of recommendations was issued in 1953 (United Nations, 1953) and subsequently revised in 1960 (United Nations, 1960), 1968 (United Nations, 1968a) and 1983 (United Nations, 1983). The purpose of developing these international recommendations had been to establish a coherent and uniform measurement of industrial activities for national and international dissemination.

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