The inquiry on the volume index of industrial output mainly asks about the volume data of industrial production every month. The statistical data produced from the data are used for preparing business cycle and monetary policies and for evaluating industry-specific development and financial markets. The inquiry on the volume index of industrial output covers around 1,300 most important establishments or enterprises of each industry from which primarily value data of production are collected monthly. In addition, the volume or value data of establishments or enterprises are inquired in a centralised manner from some central organisations or industrial unions. The selection criterion used is the size of the establishment or enterprise with respect to the value added of that industry. Enterprises' obligation to provide data is based on the Statistics Act (280/2004), which obliges Statistics Finland to treat the data as confidential. In the statistics to be published the data are given as index figures for each industry. The Council Regulation (EEC) No 1165/98 concerning short-term statistics obliges Statistics Finland to produce short-term statistics on the business cycle, e.g. on the volume index of industrial output.The data can be returned on a paper form or via the Internet in the electronic response service.
The inquiry on the volume index of industrial output covers around 1,300 most important establishments or enterprises of each industry.
The data are confidential. According to the above-mentioned Statistics Act (280/2004, Section 12), Statistics Finland is obliged to keep the data on individual enterprises confidential. The data may be used only for compiling statistics.The volume index of industrial output belongs to the so-called insider statistics. According to the insider rules only the persons listed in them may handle the data. They are also obliged to maintain secrecy.
Data on the value of production will be asked as from the beginning of 2008. Data will also be inquired on industrial services. The sample will be extended from the current 1,000 establishments into roughly 1,300 establishments. Especially the proportion of small and medium sized establishments will be increased.
Last updated 20.5.2013