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Index numbers of industrial production - work programme

(a) Revision of the manual on index numbers of industrial production

The revision of the manual on Index Numbers of Industrial Production was carried out at the request of the United Nations Statistical Commission. Expert Group meetings in 2005, 2007 and 2008 discussed the outline and content of the manual, as well as the set of recommendations made therein. This work was followed by a global country consultation in December 2008 to seek feedback from potential users of this publication. The recommendations were adopted by the United Nations Statistical Commission in 2010. More information and the final document are available here.

(b) Country practices in the collection and compilation of volume indices

In 2007, the United Nations Statistics Division carried out a worldwide survey of country practices in the collection and compilation of volume indices. The information obtained from that questionnaire was used to:
(a) Provide input for the best practices section of the above mentioned revised manual on Index Numbers of Industrial Production; and
(b) Produce a separate publication on country practices for the collection and compilation of volume indices.

The separate country practices publication outlines methods and practices, by country and industry, for the compilation of index numbers of industrial production. The final text of this publication is now available as ESA/STAT/2008/8 and can be found here: PDF.

(c) On-going UNSD activities concerning index numbers of industrial production

The collection of index numbers of industrial production continues on a monthly, quarterly and annual basis, with individual and aggregated indices being published in a number of publications of the Division and, through data-sharing agreements, in publications of other United Nations system agencies.

Index numbers of industrial production for countries, geographic regions and the world are currently available for the period 1991 to the present. Historical data (i.e. data between approximately 1950 and 1991) compiled by the UNSD does exist, but is not fully available in electronic form. Work is therefore underway to add the historical industrial production data to the UNSD website.