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本地市場內對貨品及服務的消費開支 / Consumption expenditure on goods and services in the domestic market

Country / Area: China, Hong Kong SAR

Classification category: Expenditure classifications

General information
1 (a)Name of the current national classification (full name in official national languages and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Chinese: 本地市場內對貨品及服務的消費開支
English: Consumption expenditure on goods and services in the domestic market (CXDM)
1 (b)In which language(s) is the classification available?Chinese and English
1 (c)Can the classification (or information about it) be accessed on the Internet? If yes, please provide the URL.Yes. The classification is given in the report Gross Domestic Product which can be downloaded at the website of the Census and Statistics Department:
Classification structure
2 (a)Please describe the structure of the classification: How many levels does the classification have? (Please provide labels, such as “Division”, “Class”) How many categories exist at each level?
LevelNo. of categories with name
114 commodity groups
285 group items

In addition, breakdowns of the CXDM for 3 major categories, viz. food, consumer goods (durables and non-durables) and services are also compiled and published.

2 (b)Please provide examples of the coding system used at each level.Level 1: Food and Non-alcoholic beverages
Level 2: Group 1: Rice
Group 2: Other cereals and cereal preparations
Group 25: Other food
Relationship to international standards
3 (a)Is this classification based on (or linked to) an international standard classification? If yes, please describe.Yes, it is based on the Classification of Individual Consumption According to Purpose (COICOP) promulgated by the UN, with local adaptations.
3 (b)Is the classification structure identical to the international standard or, if not, how does it differ? (e.g. have additional levels been added to the international standard or have changes been made within the level of the international structure, such as aggregations or additional breakdowns)The classification is not identical to the international standard. Some of the levels are aggregated whereas some are expanded to suit local situations.
3 (c)Please describe deviations from the international standard (in terms of structure, methodology or application rules). Please use examples, if a general statement is not possible.
COICOP by UNClassification adopted by Hong Kong
1.Food and non-alcoholic beverage1.Food and non-alcoholic beverage
2.Alcoholic beverages, tobacco and narcotics2.Alcoholic beverages
3.Clothing and footwear4.Clothing, footwear and other personal effects
4.Housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels (not incl insurance connected with the dwelling which is covered under group 12)5.Rent, rates, water and housing maintenance charges (incl house insurance)
6.Fuel and light
5.Furnishings, household equipment and routine household maintenance7.Furniture, furnishings, household equipment
8.Household operation
6.Health (not incl insurance connected with health which is covered under group 12)9.Medical care and health expenses (incl services charges for medical insurance)
7.Transport (not incl insurance connected with transport which is covered under group 12)10.Transport and communication (incl insurance)
9.Recreation and culture11.Recreation and entertainment
11.Restaurants and hotels13.Personal Care
12.Miscellaneous goods and services14.Others
13.Individual consumption expenditure of nonprofit institutions serving households COICOP by UN Classification adopted by Hong Kong (NPISHs)  
14.Individual consumption expenditure of general government  
3 (d)At what level of the international standard can data be reported for international comparison? (Please provide examples of programmes / indicators if reporting takes place at different levels of the classification.)Level 2 of CXDM is mostly comparable with level 2 of the COICOP, with some aggregations.
3 (e)If no links to international classifications exist or no international standard is used, please state if there are plans to use international norms in the future.Not applicable.
Classification uses
4 (a)Please state for which statistical purposes (surveys etc.) this classification is used and if there are users outside of the Statistical Office. Please indicate at which level the classification is used for data collection and for data publishing.Data collection, compilation, dissemination and analysis of CXDM of Hong Kong within the GDP framework.

Data are collected at level 2 whereas only level 1 totals are published.

4 (b)Please give the names of institutions that use the classification for non-statistical purposes (as opposed to statistical purposes in question 4(a)). Also indicate the kind of use (e.g. tax offices, social security, customs, enterprise register, employment services, work permits etc.)Mainly used within the Government for economic analysis.
4 (c)Please indicate if alternative classifications are used by other institutions of the economy. Are these classifications available and useful for the Statistical Office?Nil.
Implementation / revision status
5 (a)Please state the date of the official adoption of the classification. If not yet adopted, please indicate the current state (e.g. in development, sent for approval, in printing, ready to be distributed etc.)Hong Kong has been using the classification for CXDM in accordance with the classification given in the System of National Accounts (SNA) since 1973. The 1968 SNA had already classified CXDM according to purpose and the COICOP was introduced in the 2003 SNA.
5 (b)Please state the date of use of the classification for individual statistical programmes.CXDM classification was first published in 1973.
5 (c)Are there existing plans for revision or update of the current classification?Nil.
5 (d)Name of former (previous) national classification (full name in both national tongue and in English with acronyms in brackets, should be given)Nil.
5 (e)Please describe the link of the former classification to international classificationsNot applicable.
5 (f)Please describe the structure of the former classification and indicate the number of items at each level of the classification. (similar to question 2(a))Not applicable.
5 (g)Do conversion tables exist between the former and current classification?Not applicable.
5 (h)When was the former classification implemented?Not applicable.
5 (i)Are statistical data still collected or published according to the former classification? Please indicate if this statistical data is collected or published by the Statistical Office or elsewhere.Not applicable.
Supporting documents
6 (a)Have national explanatory notes and/or guidelines been elaborated?Yes, the classification is elaborated in the report Gross Domestic Product.
6 (b)Do correspondence tables exist between the national and the international classifications (if applicable)?Please see answer to 3(c).
6 (c)Are correspondence tables between alternative and current classification available (if applicable)?Not applicable.
6 (d)Does a national coding index exist?No.
6 (e)Is the classification available in electronic form? If yes, in which formats is it available?(e.g. PDF, TXT, Excel, XML)Yes, the classification is given in the report Gross Domestic Product in PDF format.
6 (f)Are the correspondence tables or indexes available in electronic form?Not applicable.
Contact information
7 (a)Name of institution / office responsible for the development and maintenance of the classificationNational Income Section (1)1,
National Income Branch (1),
Census and Statistics Department
7 (b)Contact address, phone number, e-mail or website for public information and inquiryNational Income Section (1)1,
National Income Branch (1),
Census and Statistics Department,
22/F, Wanchai Tower, 12 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.
Tel: (852) 2582 5077
E-mail: gdp-e@censtatd.gov.hk
Website: www.censtatd.gov.hk
Other comments
9 (a)Please provide any other information on this classification that you consider relevantNil.

Source: UN questionnaire, 9/10/2012