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GSS Business Statistics - interactive user guide

Find out what official business statistics are available and choose the right data for your needs

This interactive guide helps you to find statistics on UK business published by the Government Statistical Service. By selecting your topics of interest, the tool will pinpoint publications that should be of interest to you, and provide you with links to more detailed information and the relevant statistical releases.

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The interactive guide covers statistics about the structure, content and performance of businesses across the UK, which includes measures of turnover and other financial transaction variables, employment, economic growth and productivity. Many of these measures are inputs for the UK National Accounts and Balance of Payments - these are not within the scope of this guide. 

To use the guide, select the industry, feature of the economy and geography you are interested in. Details of the available statistics are returned in the results table. For example, selecting income and expenditure for any industry and any geography, will return a list of variables which includes expenditure on research and development, mergers and acquisitions, and income and expenditure by insurance companies, pension funds and trusts.

If you have any questions, or would like to comment or offer feedback on these statistics or the interactive user guide, you can join the Business and Trade Statistics Community on the RSS’ StatsUserNet forum


Other useful releases

The interactive guide does not currently cover economic or labour market statistics. If you are looking for statistics on these themes, you can either browse by theme, or follow the links.

National Accounts Balance of Payments
Index of Production
Index of Services
Labour Market Statistics
Annual Civil Service Statistics
United Kingdom National Accounts 

Releases included in the interactive guide

Annual Business Survey (ABS)
Business Demography
Business Investment
Business Population Estimate 
Business Register and Employment Survey
E-commerce and Information and Communication Technology Activity
Employee Jobs
English Business Survey (EBS)
Foreign Direct Investment Involving UK Companies
Index of Labour Costs per Hour
International Comparisons of Productivity
International Trade in Services (ITIS)
Labour Market
Labour Productivity
Mergers and Acquisitions Involving UK Companies
MQ5: Investment by Insurance Companies, Pension Fund and Trusts
New Orders in the Construction Industry
Northern Ireland Business Register and Employment Survey
Northern Ireland Census of Employment
Northern Ireland Composite Economic Index (NICEI)
NI Quarterly Employment Survey
Northern Ireland Index of Services (IOS)
Northern Ireland Research and Development  survey (R&D)
Northern Ireland Manufacturing Sales and Exports Survey (MSES)
Exporting Northern Ireland Services (ENIS); International Trade in Services (ITIS)
Northern Ireland Annual Business Inquiry (NIABI)
Output in the Construction Industry
Products of the European Community (Prodcom)
Profitability of UK Companies
Public Sector Employment
Regional Economic Analysis
Retail Sales
Scottish Annual Business Statisics
Turnover and Orders in Production and Services Industries (TOPSI)
UK Business Enterprise Research and Development (BERD)
UK Business: Activity, Size and Location
UK Gross Domestic Expenditure on Research and Development (GERD) 
Vacancy Survey
Workforce Jobs

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