Overview - Structural business statistics

Structural Business Statistics — Overview


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What information can I find here?

Structural business statistics (SBS) describe the structure and performance of businesses in the EU. They cover the 'business economy' (NACE Rev. 2 sections B to N and division 95) which includes:

  • Industry;
  • Construction;
  • Distributive trades; and
  • Services.

The statistics can be broken down to a very detailed sectoral level (i.e. several hundred economic activities). Thus, the information available from SBS is more detailed than data from short-term business statistics and national accounts.

The main variables within SBS are expressed as monetary values or as counts, for example for the numbers of enterprises or persons employed. By contrast, for short-term business statistics (STS) data are expressed as indices in relation to a base year. For more information, see the page ‘Information on data’ in this section.

Why are SBS important?

SBS may be used to answer such questions as:

  • How much wealth is created in an activity and how many persons are employed?
  • Is there a shift from the industrial sector to the services sector and in which specific activities is this trend most notable?
  • Which countries are relatively specialised in the manufacture of a particular activity, for example the manufacture of aerospace equipment?
  • How productive is a particular activity, such as the chemicals sector, and how does it fare in terms of operating profitability? 
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