International Yearbook of Industrial Statistics 2012

International Yearbook of Industrial Statistics 2012

International Yearbook of Industrial Statistics series

UNIDO

A unique and comprehensive source of information, this book is the only international publication providing economists, planners, policymakers and business people with worldwide statistics on current performance and trends in the manufacturing sector.

Introduction

UNIDO

Subjects: economics and finance, industrial economics

Extract

This is the eighteenth issue of UNIDO’s annual publication, the International Yearbook of Industrial Statistics. The Yearbook succeeded the Handbook of Industrial Statistics which was published biennially by UNIDO up to 1992. At the same time, it replaced the United Nations’ Industrial Statistics Yearbook, volume I (General Industrial Statistics), which was discontinued after its 1991 edition published in 1993. These changes were in accordance with the recommendations of the United Nations Statistical Commission at its twenty-seventh session, namely that UNIDO, in collaboration with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), assumes responsibility for the collection and dissemination of world-wide general industrial statistics, effective 1994. The present Yearbook pertains to the manufacturing sector only. UNIDO has also released a separate publication World Statistics on Mining and Utilities in 2010. The main purpose of the Yearbook is to provide statistical indicators to facilitate international comparisons relating to the manufacturing sector. The data presented were compiled bearing in mind the requirements of international comparability and the standards for this work promulgated by the United Nations. Concepts and definitions are drawn from the International Recommendations for Industrial Statistics 2008 (Statistical Papers, Series M, No.90; United Nations publication, Sales No.E.08.XVII.8) and the classification by industry follows the International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities. The present Yearbook consists of two parts. Part I deals with the manufacturing sector as a whole (section 1.1) and with its divisions/ branches (section 1.2). Statistical indicators are presented in terms of percentage distributions, cross-country averages, ratios and...