Notice to Users – Integration of the Annual Business Inquiry and Manufacturing Sales and Exports
Users should note that Annual Business Inquiry 2012 and Manufacturing Sales and Exports 2012/13 information are now collected from businesses using one unified form. The below notice to users explains the rationale behind this, as well as the expected benefits.
The Northern Ireland Annual Business Inquiry (Experimental) (NIABI)
From the 1st April 2011, the responsibility for the collection of data and production of official labour market and economic statistics transferred from the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (DFP).
The Northern Ireland Annual Business Inquiry (NIABI) collects both financial and employment information from businesses and other establishments and covers about two thirds of the economy. This includes the Production, Construction, Distribution and Service industries in Northern Ireland but excludes public sector activity for the most part.
Please note that the information presented throughout the December 2013 bulletin is based on reporting unit (head office) information, and is therefore not directly comparable with the August 2013 NIABI bulletin which reported on local unit (individual site) activity.
A number of methodological improvements were initially introduced in the production of Annual Business Inquiry results for 2008 and 2009. In order to take due account of user feedback in terms of ongoing development these statistics have therefore been described as "experimental", although they are considered to meet National Statistics standards. Also, DFP has moved to producing results using Statistics Canada’s Generalized Estimation System. This has allowed DFP to continue to produce estimates, with an associated measure of their quality.
Please see the below ‘review of the ABI – Quality Improvement Fund project’ document for more detail regarding this change.
The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) is required to regularly review each of its statistical surveys, with the main objective of each review being to determine the efficiency and effectiveness of all of our procedures, and to identify where improvements can be made.
Please note that a review of the Annual Business Inquiry was conducted in early 2012, with an emphasis especially on the need for the information (evaluating the reason for conducting the survey), the conduct of the survey, costs, respondent's views, users' views and options for change. Please see below a report on the Quinquennial review of the Annual Business Survey.
Headline data from the most recent survey:
Turnover and Gross Value Added
Turnover, defined as the value of total sales and work done by businesses in Northern Ireland, was estimated to be worth £61,945 million in 2012 (excluding VAT); an increase of 0.7% compared to 2011. After expenditure on goods and services was accounted for, this represented a total figure of £18,399 million in terms of approximate Gross Value Added (aGVA). aGVA, which is a measure of the value of economic activity generated by businesses, increased by 2.8% (£498 million) over the year.
Distribution Industries (Section G)
In the Distribution industries (that is, wholesale and retail trade) turnover for the sector rose by 1.1% with a marginal change in purchases (-0.1%). This contributed to aGVA growth of 2.5% to £5,200 million.
Other Service Industries (Sections H – S excl O)
The other main Services Industries (which comprise of transport and storage, accommodation and food services, information and communication, real estate, professional, scientific and technical, administrative and support services and other service activities), recorded an increase of 2.7% in turnover to £13,026 million but a fall of 1.1% in purchase costs, contributing to a 5.4% increase in aGVA over the year.
Construction Industries (Section F)
Both turnover and aGVA in the Construction sector have declined in 2012. Turnover has fallen by 6.4% to £5,099 million; however the impact of this on aGVA was slightly offset by an even greater fall of 9.2% in purchases, contributing to an aGVA decline of 4.3% to £1,656 million.
Production Industries (Section B - E)
Turnover within the Production sector was estimated to be £19,576 million in 2012, a 0.8% increase on 2011. This turnover growth and a 0.7% decline in purchases to £11,038 million contributed to a 2.0% growth in aGVA to £4,693 million in 2012.
Manufacturing (Section C)
The Manufacturing section’s aGVA grew by 3.0% in 2012 to £4,120 million and accounted for 87.8% of the Production sector’s aGVA. This aGVA growth was driven by an increase of 1.5% in turnover to £16,834 million and a marginal decline in purchases to £8,824 million.
[ 11-12-2013 ] Background to the Northern Ireland Annual Business Inquiry
[ 11-12-2013 ] Sample Coverage
The Northern Ireland Annual Business Inquiry (NIABI)
Historical results on a SIC 2003 basis
|Table name||Description||File Size|
|Table 1||NIABI Results by Section 2000-2007||35KB|
|Table 2||NIABI Results by Manufacturing Sub-Section||30KB|
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|Table 3||Northern Ireland Annual Business Inquiry - Total Purchases of Water and Energy||11kb|
Results on a SIC 2007 Local Unit basis (Published August 2013)
NIABI results by NUTSiii and DCA 2009 - 2011
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|Table 4||Northern Ireland Annual Business Inquiry Results by NUTSiii and DCA 2009 - 2011||161KB|
Statistical Press Release
The latest statistical press release is available below:
Northern Ireland Annual Business Inquiry - Quality and Revisions
|11 December 2013||NIABI Quality Report||122kb|
|21 December 2011||NIABI Revisions Policy||13kb|
Usage of NIABI Data
The Annual Business Inquiry is designed and maintained to meet the requirements of a wide variety of users. A summary of these uses can be accessed by clicking on the link below.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) produce statistics on the Annual Business Survey, which represents about two thirds of the UK economy in terms of Gross Value Added. NISRA contribute data from the Annual ABI as part of the UK estimates. The survey processes in NI and Great Britain are similar but not exactly the same and further information on these differences can be found in the ONS ABS Technical Report at the below link.
Archive data for Annual Business Inquiry (ABI) can be accessed by clicking on the link below.