The Blue Book is a key annual publication of national accounts statistics and the essential data source for anyone concerned with macro economic policies and studies.


  • UK National Accounts, The Blue Book: 2017

    The Blue Book is the main annual publication of national accounts statistics including national and sector accounts, industrial analyses and environmental accounts.


The United Kingdom Statistics Authority has designated these statistics as National Statistics, in accordance with the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and signifying compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Designation can be broadly interpreted to mean that the statistics:

  • meet identified user needs
  • are well explained and readily accessible
  • are produced according to sound methods
  • are managed impartially and objectively in the public interest

Once statistics have been designated as National Statistics it is a statutory requirement that the Code of Practice shall continue to be observed.