The Structural Business Statistics in the Industrial Sector (known as the Industrial Companies Survey until 2014 reference year) provide the main statistical source for the industrial sectors. Their fundamental purpose is to study the structural features of industrial companies (number of establishments and employees, production, sales, exports, intermediate consumption, investment, etc.) and to estimate the main macromagnitudes with a significant sectoral breakdown.
The main source of information is the Structural Business Statistics in the Industrial Sector, an annual sample survey conducted by the INE in Catalonia in partnership with Idescat (in accordance with the agreement signed by the two institutions).
Idescat draws up annual statistics based on the microdata of the Survey in order to expand the results for Catalonia by the number of branches and the number of variables available.
Until 2012, the Industrial Survey focused its field of study on industrial companies with at least one salaried employee. Since 2013, it has expanded the field of study to industrial companies without salaried employees. This expansion should be taken into account when analysing the evolution of the results with respect to previous years.
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