|Description||This Handbook is aimed at helping countries to develop their business tendency surveys.|
Business Tendency Surveys are carried out to obtain qualitative information for use in monitoring the current business situation and forecasting short-term developments. Information from these surveys has proved of particular value in forecasting turning points in the business cycle. The purpose of this Handbook is to show how these surveys are designed and carried out, how the results are processed and how they can be used for economic analysis.
The OECD encourages countries to adopt the harmonised system of business tendency surveys developed by the European Union in the 1970s which provides an established standard framework for business tendency surveys.