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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Characteristics of statistical units

Characteristics of statistical units are data items used for their unique identification, for their classification within a particular activity area of distributive trade and for the description of various aspects of their structure, operation and relationship with other units. Availability of information on the characteristics of statistical units is a precondition for an effective organization of the statistical sample surveys as well as for the making of comparisons and the establishment of links between data from different data sources, thereby significantly reducing the duplication in data collection and response burden.

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