MAIN ECONOMIC INDICATORS DATABASE NOTES

DECEMBER 2003

AVAILABLE ON DISK FROM 05-12-2003
(STA05)DBNotes/Dec

SEASONAL ADJUSTMENTS

New seasonal adjustments by OECD are generally carried out once a year, when the December figure is available. Revisions to individual series due to new seasonal adjustments by national source or by OECD are not signalled in this note.


UNITED STATES
Production
 The following series have been revised since 1972. These series include the annual survey of manufactures data, selected editions data and the US geological survey, regarding metallic and non metallic minerals (except fuel).
    CAPACITY UTILIZAT. RATE SAUSA.PRCUMN01.STSA
   Industrial production ISIC C-EUSA.PRPEIN01.IXOB
   Industrial production ISIC C-E saUSA.PRPEIN01.IXOBSA
   IIP MANUFACTURINGUSA.PRPEMN01.IXOB
   IIP MANUFACTURING SAUSA.PRPEMN01.IXOBSA
   IIP CONSUMER GOODSUSA.PRTGCG01.IXOB
   IIP CONSUMER GOODS SAUSA.PRTGCG01.IXOBSA
   IIP CONSTRUCTION MATERIALSUSA.PRTGCM01.IXOB
   IIP CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS SAUSA.PRTGCM01.IXOBSA
   IIP DURABLE GOODSUSA.PRTGDU01.IXOB
   IIP DURABLE GOODS SAUSA.PRTGDU01.IXOBSA
   IIP INVEST GDS (INCL DEFENCE)USA.PRTGDU04.IXOB
   IIP INVEST GDS (INCL DEFENCE)SAUSA.PRTGDU04.IXOBSA
   IIP NON DURABLE GOODSUSA.PRTGND01.IXOB
   IIP NON DURABLE GOODS SAUSA.PRTGND01.IXOBSA
   IIP RAW MATERIALSUSA.PRTGRM01.IXOB
   IIP RAW MATERIALS SAUSA.PRTGRM01.IXOBSA


FINLAND
National Accounts
 The following series has been included:
   Statistical discrepancy (gdp by exp) FIN.EXPSD.VNBQRSA
 The following series replaces the series FIN.EXPSTSD.VNBQRSA.401. It no longer includes statistical discrepancy:
   Change in stocks FIN.EXPST.VNBQRSA

ITALY
Other prices
 New national base year (2000=100) for the following series:
   Cost of construction: residentialITA.OPCNRE01.IXOB

NETHERLANDS
Balance of Payments
 This non seasonally adjusted series replaces the seasonally adjusted one (previously NLD.BPBLTT01.CXCUSA.1):
   BOP Current balance USDNLD.BPBLTT01.CXCU

NORWAY
Manufacturing
 The following series has been revised by source since 1996:
   UNF ORD TRANSPORT EQUIPMENTNOR.MNUOVA05.IXOB

SPAIN
Security issues
 The following series has been revised by source from January 1999:
   NET NEW CAPITAL ISSUESESP.SICATT01.NCCU



SWITZERLAND
Producer Prices
 New national base year (May 2003=100) for the following series:
   PPI TOTALCHE.PPIATT01.IXOB
 New national base year (2000=100) for the following series:
   PPI TOTAL - proxyCHE.PPIAMP01.IXOB
Wholesale prices
 New national base year (May 2003=100) for the following series:
   WPI ALL ITEMSCHE.WPIATT01.IXOB

UNITED KINGDOM
Manufacturing
 New national base year (2000=100) for these series:
   NEW ORD ENGINEERING TOT VOL SAGBR.MNNOVO01.IXOBSA
   NEW ORD ENGINEERING DOM VOL SAGBR.MNNOVO09.IXOBSA
   NEW ORD ENGINEERING EXP VOL SAGBR.MNNOVO10.IXOBSA
   SALES ENGINEERING TOTAL VOL SAGBR.MNSLVO01.IXOBSA
   SALES ENGINEERING DOMEST VOL SAGBR.MNSLVO09.IXOBSA
   SALES ENGINEERING EXPORT VOL SAGBR.MNSLVO10.IXOBSA

EURO AREA
Production
 The following series have been revised by source for the entire period:
   IIP ConstructionEMU.PRPECN01.IXOB
   IIP Construction, saEMU.PRPECN01.IXOBSA







CHINA
Business tendency surveys (manufacturing)
 The following series have been included:
   BTS Business situation: future tendencyCHN.BSBUFT01.ST
   BTS Rate of capacity utilisationCHN.BSCURT01.ST
   BTS Employment: future tendencyCHN.BSEMFT01.ST
   BTS Production: future tendencyCHN.BSPRFT01.ST
   BTS Selling prices: future tendencyCHN.BSSPFT01.ST
   BTS Exports order books: levelCHN.BSXRLV01.ST
 The following series have been suppressed:
   BSS Judgement on capacity utilisationCHN.BSCUJG01.ST
   BTS Sales: levelCHN.BSSLLV01.ST
 The following series have been revised for the entire period due to the change of methodology. The new source for these series is National Bureau of Statistics (previously People's Bank of China).
   BTS Business situation: currentCHN.BSBUCT01.ST
   BTS Finished goods stocks: levelCHN.BSFGLV01.ST
   BTS Total order books: levelCHN.BSOBLV01.ST
Business tendency surveys (retail trade)
 The following series have been included:
   BTS Business situation: currentCHN.BRBUCT01.ST
   BTS Business situation: future tendencyCHN.BRBUFT01.ST
   BTS Employment: future tendencyCHN.BREMFT01.ST
   BTS Stocks: levelCHN.BRVSLV01.ST
Business tendency surveys (construction)
 The following series have been included:
   BTS Business situation: presentCHN.BCBUCT01.ST
   BTS Business situation: future tendencyCHN.BCBUFT01.ST
   BTS Employment: future tendencyCHN.BCEMFT01.ST
   BTS Orders/demand: future tendencyCHN.BCOIFT01.ST
Business tendency surveys (services)
 The following series have been included:
   BTS Business situtation: currentCHN.BVBUCT01.ST
   BTS Business situation: future tendencyCHN.BVBUFT01.ST
   BTS Employment: future tendencyCHN.BVEMFT01.ST
Consumer opinion surveys
 The following series has been included:
   Consumer expected economic situationCHN.CSESFT01.ST


ZONES
Producer Prices
 The following series has been recalculated to incorporate new weights based on the gross domestic product for 2002 and revised weights for earlier years:
   E15 PPI ALL ITEMS MFGE15.PPIAMP01.IXOB
   EUZ PPI ALL ITEMS MFGEUZ.PPIAMP01.IXOB
   G7M PPI ALL ITEMS MFGG7M.PPIAMP01.IXOB
   OEF PPI ALL ITEMS MFGOEF.PPIAMP01.IXOB
   OEI PPI ALL ITEMS MFGOEI.PPIAMP01.IXOB
   OEL EUR less high inflation PPI ALL ITEMS MFGOEL.PPIAMP01.IXOB
   OEU PPI ALL ITEMS MFGOEU.PPIAMP01.IXOB
   OTF PPI ALL ITEMS MFGOTF.PPIAMP01.IXOB
   OTI less high inflation PPI ALL ITEMS MFGOTI.PPIAMP01.IXOB
   OTL OECD less high inflation PPI ALL ITEMS MFGOTL.PPIAMP01.IXOB
   OTO PPI ALL ITEMS MFGOTO.PPIAMP01.IXOB
Consumer Price Index
 The following series have been recalculated to incorporate new weights based on the households private final consumption expenditure for 2002 and revised weights for earlier years:
   E15 CPI All itemsE15.CPALTT01.IXOB
   E15 CPI Food excl. restaurantsE15.CPGDFD02.IXOB
   E15 CPI EnergyE15.CPGREN01.IXOB
   E15 CPI All items non-food non energyE15.CPGRLE01.IXOB
   EUZ CPI Total (OECD computation)EUZ.CPALTT01.IXOB
   EUZ CPI food (OECD computation)EUZ.CPGDFD02.IXOB
   EUZ CPI Energy (OECD computation)EUZ.CPGREN01.IXOB
   EUZ CPI Total less energy less food (OECD computatEUZ.CPGRLE01.IXOB
   G7M CPI All itemsG7M.CPALTT01.IXOB
   G7M CPI Food excl. restaurantsG7M.CPGDFD02.IXOB
   G7M CPI EnergyG7M.CPGREN01.IXOB
   G7M CPI All items non-food non energyG7M.CPGRLE01.IXOB
   OEL CPI All itemsOEL.CPALTT01.IXOB
   OEL CPI Food excl. restaurantsOEL.CPGDFD02.IXOB
   OEL CPI EnergyOEL.CPGREN01.IXOB
   OEL CPI All items non-food non energyOEL.CPGRLE01.IXOB
   OTF CPI TOTALOTF.CPALTT01.IXOB
   OTF CPI FoodOTF.CPGDFD02.IXOB
   OTL CPI All itemsOTL.CPALTT01.IXOB
   OTL CPI Food excl. restaurantsOTL.CPGDFD02.IXOB
   OTL CPI EnergyOTL.CPGREN01.IXOB
   OTL CPI All items non-food non energyOTL.CPGRLE01.IXOB
   OTO CPI All itemsOTO.CPALTT01.IXOB
   OTO CPI Food excl. restaurantsOTO.CPGDFD02.IXOB
   OTO CPI EnergyOTO.CPGREN01.IXOB
   OTO CPI All items non-food non energyOTO.CPGRLE01.IXOB
   OEF CPI TOTALOEF.CPALTT01.IXOB
   OEI CPI TOTALOEI.CPALTT01.IXOB
   OTI CPI TOTALOTI.CPALTT01.IXOB

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