The Annual Purchases Survey in Northern Ireland - Modelling the Origin of Products

Date published: 13 November 2018

In the current social, political and economic context, new needs have arisen with regards to the origin and flow of the various products that are purchased by businesses in Northern Ireland. This report explores the linkage of data from the Annual Purchase Survey (APS) and the Broad Economy Sales and Exports Statistic (BESES)  derived from the Northern Ireland Annual Business Inquiry (NIABI), to gain a comprehensive picture of the goods and services used in the production process by UK businesses, otherwise referred to as intermediate consumption. This has led to the development of a model based on the linked APS-NIABI data in order to extract information that had not been available or required previously but has gained new interest in the current context.

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