The main goal of these statistics is to present the trade flows of exports and imports of goods between Catalonia and abroad. The administrative information source with which Idescat works is the territorial operations file of the Customs and Special Taxes Department of the State Tax Administration Agency.
The Business Climate Survey collects quarterly the opinion of the representatives of 3,000 companies with activity in Catalonia and allows to know the current situation, the evolution and the expectations of a set of variables affecting the economic development of businesses, and also to anticipate possible changes of trend in the economic cycle.
Idescat is organising, next May 7, 2014, the debate on Big Data and official statistics: opportunity or threat? as part of the Big Data Week 2014. This debate will contribute knowledge and ideas from the perspective of official statistics, academia and research, and also the business world.
The system of harmonised indicators of business confidence presented by Idescat is constituted by three quarterly indicators: one on the situation, another on expectations and the Harmonised Business Confidence Index (HBCI).
The Industrial Production Index is a short-term indicator that measures the monthly evolution in the volume of gross added value generated by industrial branches and by industry as a whole. It therefore measures the changes in industrial production without the price effect.