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15 November 2007

Draft documents on IRDTS


This website has been created to facilitate worldwide consultation on the drafting of the International Recommendations for Distributive Trade Statistics (IRDTS) 2008.

The provisional draft was prepared in accordance with the decision of the 37th Session of the United Nations Statistical Commission (2006) to revise the existing recommendations in that area of statistics in close consultation with national statistical offices in order to fully reflect the specific needs and circumstances of various groups of countries. It represents UNSD's efforts to update the existing recommendations in the context of promoting an integrated approach to the compilation of statistics pertaining to various sectors of the economy.

The draft incorporates contributions previously received from a number of countries, including those who are members of the United Nations Expert Group on Distributive Trade Statistics (EGDTS).

For comments and inquiries about the draft IRDTS 2008, contact:

Youlia Antonova


International Recommendations
Distributive Trade Statistics 2008
(As of November 2007)


Chapter I.     Scope of distributive trade statistics

Chapter II.    Statistical and reporting units

Chapter III.   Characteristics of statistical units

Chapter IV.    Data items and their definitions

Chapter V.     Performance indicators

Chapter VI.    Data sources and data compilation methods

Chapter VII.   Short-term distributive trade statistics

Chapter VIII.  Data quality and metadata

Chapter IX.    Dissemination



Annex I.       List of data items for use in distributive trade statistics

Annex II.      List of activities excluded from the scope of the relevant distributive trade
                   divisions and classes

Annex III.     Identifying the principal activity of a reporting unit using the top-down method
                    within wholesale and retail trade


Full text of draft IRDTS 2008