Note: Since May 2010, DG ECFIN publishes business survey data according to the new NACE rev.2 classification, which became compulsory for all statistics classified according to economic activities produced by the Commission or Member States (EC Regulation No 1893/2006). NACE (Nomenclature of Economic Activities) is the European statistical classification of economic activities.
Partner institutes in the Joint Harmonised Business and Consumer Surveys have been invited to provide DG ECFIN with long NACE rev.2 series. This has implied a process of back-casting to transform the historic NACE rev.1.1 series into NACE rev.2 series. The Commission has carried out an in-depth process of evaluation and statistical treatment of part of the back-cast series sent by partner institutes. This validation has covered the aggregate level (i.e. "total sector") and, in the case of the industry survey, the Main Industrial Grouping (MIG) level (i.e. consumer goods, intermediate goods, investment goods, etc). Methodological details related to the validation process are also available.
The results are NACE rev.2 series that are (i) continuous (i.e. without spurious breaks due to changes in nomenclature) and (ii) as long as possible. These consistent time series are accessible from DG ECFIN's validated database. Given that the financial services survey is not affected by the change to NACE rev.2, the database also contains subsector data for that survey. Moreover, it contains breakdowns of the consumer survey results with respect to respondents' age, occupation, income, etc. ('categories').
Subsector level data (i.e. the divisions of NACE rev.2 at the 2-digit level, e.g. "Manufacture of chemicals and chemical products") for the industry, services, retail trade, construction and investment surveys are available. As these series have not undergone a full validation process, their use and interpretation deserve more caution.
The investment survey has been archived on November 2021 and remains accessible here.
A third database contains archived time series (until April 2010); including i) the former NACE rev.1.1 business survey series; and ii) NACE rev.2 series at aggregate level, as originally provided by our partner institutes.