Aim of this survey

The UK Manufacturers' Sales by Product (PRODCOM) measures sales of products by UK manufacturers.

The information supplied feeds into the National Accounts and the Producer Price Index (which is a primary measure of inflation). The statistics have a variety of uses such as policymaking and assessing trends in certain product sectors and are also used by Eurostat, which collects and harmonises the data for the whole of the EU.

The survey is required under EU Commission Regulation No. 3924/91, supplemented by Commission Regulation No. 912/2004.

What you need to know

To complete the survey, you will need the following information:

  • value of sales and volumes and other non-production incomes and turnover
  • value of manufacturing product sales (which could include activities such as repairs,maintenance,printing or installation for some industries) and product values
  • value of merchanted goods, work done, waste products and non-production income

All information you provide is strictly confidential.

Survey information

Selection criteria: UK trading businesses registered for VAT and/or PAYE

Population: approximately 140,300

Sample: approximately 21,500

Frequency: annually

Dispatch dates

  • 27 December

Return-by dates

  • 29 January

Dispatch and return-by dates are a guide. They are subject to change due to national holidays and weekends.

Why you were selected

Your business has been selected from a directory of businesses in the UK which are registered for VAT and/or PAYE or with Companies House. Your response ensures we represent your industry.

The UK Manufacturers' Sales by Product (PRODCOM) is conducted under the provisions of the Statistics of Trade Act 1947. Once selected, your business is legally obliged to comply. You cannot appeal your selection.

Why you have received this survey

We survey businesses of all sizes to ensure our statistics are representative of the UK economy. We select large businesses (those with 100 plus employees) for any relevant ONS business surveys because their information is so significant.

We select some small and medium businesses, usually for a set period of time then replace them with other businesses from their industry. They are very important to us as their trading patterns are often very different to large businesses.

How to complete this survey

Please complete and return the questionnaire following the guidelines on the front page.

Reminders are issued automatically, so you may receive one if you submit data just before or after the return date.

At the moment, this survey is not available to complete online. We are currently developing a secure online collection platform. You will receive a letter notifying you when you can complete the UK Manufacturers' Sales by Product (PRODCOM) on our new platform. We appreciate your patience.

How to find out more information

You can call us on 0300 1231 216. Please contact us on 0300 1234 921 if you would like to speak to someone in Welsh.

Er mwyn gwneud cais am ffurflen Gymraeg – 0300 1234 921