Manuals, Guides, Task Force Reports

Guide on developing an Index of Services Production (ISP)

Chain Linking - Final Task Force Report

Methodology of short-term business statistics - Interpretation and Guidelines

Methodology of short-term business statistics - Associated documents

Eurostat- OECD Methodological guide for developing producer price indices for services –Second edition 2014.

Guidelines for compiling the monthly index of production in construction 

Handbook on industrial producer price indices (PPI) 


Eurostat Metadata - Background information in Euro SDMX metadata structure on all methodological aspects of STS.

National Metadata - Hyperlinks to national STS metadata are available in the annexes of Eurostat's metadata.

Methodological Notes

Explanatory note retail trade news release October 2017

Explanatory note retail trade news release August 2017

Explanatory note retail trade news release May 2017

Principal European Economic Indicators (PEEIs)

Principal European Economic Indicators PEEIs are key macro economic indicators which describe the economic and labour market situation and price developments in the euro area and the European Union. They are of particular importance for economic and monetary policy.

Almost half of the PEEIs come from short-term statistics. The reports "PEEI in focus" provide, for each Member State detailed information on definitions, coverage and sampling issues, response rates, index compilation, error identification, seasonal adjustment and other quality aspects of these indicators.

Quality Reports and Rolling Reviews

Every three years the European Commission (Eurostat) informs the European Parliament and the Council about the quality of short-term statistics.

2017 STS report to the European Parliament and the Council

The STS quality reports to the European Parliament and the Council for earlier years are available through the STS Group on CIRCABC.

Short-term statistics are also subject to rolling reviews which assess quality of the data and the data production process.


The link to the CIRCABC group "Short-term Statisitics (STS)"  gives access to a wide range of background information concerning STS, including methodology, quality reports, release calendars and weights.

CROS Portal for STS

At the portal for Collaboration in Research and Methodology for Official Statistics (CROS) a General Interest Group for short-term business statistics has been created for the exchange of best practices and the discussion of solutions to common methodological issues.

European Business Statistics Manual

Eurostat and the National Statistical Institutes are developing a new cross-cutting methodological manual on European business statistics, referred to as the EBS manual. Click here for more information.