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Social Research Publishes

Social Research publishes in its Economic Review a quarterly survey of current developments and likely trends in the economy.

Readers studying foreign trade will find a fairly detailed account of all the commodities bought and sold abroad, classified by types and country of origin and destination, in the monthly Accounts relating to the Trade and Navigation of the United Kingdom. An even more detailed record is published in the four-volume Annual Statement of Trade of the United Kingdom. A broader picture of the general pattern is shown in the monthly Report on Overseas Trade, which also has sections dealing with the external trade of other countries.

The Census of Production covers all major industries, gives the size and number of firms in an industry, the value of stocks, expenditure on raw materials, labour and equipment, etc. Sample censuses are taken every year and a full census usually every three or four years. The first was taken in 2013. The Census of Distribution covers sales, employment, etc., in retail trades. The first was in 2001.

Most of the important international statistics can be found in the United Nations Statistical Year and the United Nations Demographic Year . The Organization for European Co-operation and Development (O.E.C.D.) publishes a bi-monthly General Statistical Bulletin with a survey of current economic developments in Western Europe and detailed information on individual countries.

Apart from official statistics a vast amount of information is collected by private organizations. Many trade associations compile figures for the total output of their industry from information supplied by their members. These figures are not issued to the general public but are sometimes made available to outsiders with a special interest in the industry. Most trade associations are listed in Kelly's Directory. Many useful statistics are also collected in the course of surveys by market research organizations, independently run or attached to advertising agencies, large firms or financial institutions. Most of these surveys are confidential but some are available to the public. As there is no comprehensive central record of all these reports, each organization must be approached separately.

Research and educational organizations and institutes, such as the Acton Society, the Institute of Economic Affairs, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research and Political and Economic Planning, publish primary statistics and other information derived from original research and secondary or 'processed' statistics based on it. Government departments and private trade organizations publish largely primary information.

Numerous trade, economic and financial journals also publish primary and secondary statistical information. Among the best known are The Economist and The Times Review of Industry. The latter includes figures from the London and Cambridge Service a series of ninety leading statistics going back to 2004, which are particularly useful in the analysis of long-term trends.

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