Data - Structural business statistics


Which data collections are available?

Annual collection of main indicators

This collection covers the following:

  • By size of employment: Number of enterprises, turnover, value added and persons employed in the non-financial business economy; 
  • By economic activities (NACE Rev. 2): Turnover, value added, persons employed, apparent labour productivity, wage adjusted labour productivity, average personnel costs and gross operating rate. 

Annual collection of detailed indicators

The data is available as following:

  • broken down at 4-digit level of NACE for more than forty economic indicators; 
  • broken down by size class of employment
  • broken down for European regions for a subset of the SBS information .

How are SBS measured? 

SBS are based upon data for enterprises or parts of enterprises, such as local units which are often used for regional SBS data. Enterprises or other units are classified according to a classification of economic activities called NACE.

An enterprise carries out one or more activities at one or more locations and may comprise one or more legal units. When an enterprise is active in more than one economic activity, then the value added and turnover that it generates, the persons it employs, and the values of all other variables will be classified under the enterprise's principal activity; the principal activity is normally the one that generates the largest amount of value added. 

Which NACE version is used?

During 2010, data for the reference year 2008 based on NACE Rev. 2 was published for some of the SBS datasets. Existing SBS data presented in terms of NACE Rev. 1.1 will be maintained in the database for those users wishing to analyse historical series. Starting with data for the 2009 reference year the information presented within SBS will be displayed only in terms of NACE Rev. 2.

What is not covered by SBS?

Financial services (NACE Rev. 2 Section K) are kept separate because of their specific nature and the limited availability of most types of standard business statistics in this area.

In addition, SBS does not cover agriculture, forestry and fishing (NACE A), nor public administration (NACE O) and (largely) non-market services such as education (NACE P) and health (NACE Q). For information on these areas of the economy, please refer to national accounts by branch or other sector specific statistics.

Generally SBS does not collect information on products. The external trade and the production of specific products are covered by external trade statistics and/or PRODCOM. The exceptional presentation of products statistics within SBS concern for example multi-yearly data for products sold.