National Statistical Institute
|Contact organisation unit|
'Annual Business Statistics' Department
|Contact person function|
|Contact mail address|
2, P. Volov Str.; 1038 Sofia
|Contact email address|
|Contact phone number|
+359 2 9857 586
|Contact fax number|
|Metadata last certified||15 February 2018|
|Metadata last posted||15 February 2018|
|Metadata last update||15 February 2018|
The observation is annual and provides information for the Wholesale and Retail sales by commodity groups, content of which is in accordance with the Classification of Individual Consumption by Purpose (COICOP). The sales are at prices of realization (incl. VAT and excises) and are realized by the non-financial enterprises in the country as main or secondary trade activity, independently from their branch classification according to Classification of Economic Activities (NACE.BG 2008, NACE.BG 2003 and NACE.BG 2001).
The annual data of Wholesale and Retail sales are published as total and by groups of goods at country level.
|Statistical concepts and definitions|
The main indicators are:
The basic unit of the survey is an enterprise.
The enterprise is the smallest organisation unit producing goods or services which makes its own business decisions. The enterprise carries out one or more activities at one or more locations. The enterprise may be an independent legal unit.
The statistical population includes all non-financial enterprises that are realised Wholesale sales and/or Retail sales independently from their branch classification according to the relevant Classification of Economic Activities (NACE.BG 2008, NACE.BG 2003 and NACE.BG 2001). The value of the Wholesale and Retail sales by commodity groups are obtained as an amount of the exhaustive survey on the non-financial enterprises, compiling balance sheets. For the non-financial enterprises, non-compiling balance the distribution of sales by commodity groups is done with a structure.
The data refer to the activities of non-financial enterprises carried out in the country.
Since 2000 to the last reported year.
|Unit of measure|
|Legal acts and other agreements|
The sharing of data is in accordance with signed agreements for the exchange of data, ensuring protection of confidential information.
|Confidentiality - policy|
Regulation (EC) № 223/2009 of 11 March 2009 defines common criteria for protection of confidential data and methods for sending the information to and its use by Eurostat. The Law on Statistics ensures the protection of statistical confidentiality and the use of individual data of enterprises for statistical purposes only.
|Confidentiality - data treatment|
The individual (primary) data are confidential according to the Law on Statistics and European legislation. To ensure their protection and inability to be identified, the aggregated indicators are also defined as confidential when:
The data are published in accordance with the deadline specified in the Release Calendar presenting the results of the statistical surveys carried out by the National Statistical Institute.
|Release calendar access|
The calendar is available on the NSI website: https://www.nsi.bg/en/node/480
Data are published on the NSI website and are available to all users of statistical information.
|Frequency of dissemination|
|Accessibility and clarity|
The data are available to all users of the NSI website under the heading: Business Statistic; Annual Business Statistics; Other Annual Data; Non-financial Enterprises; Domestic Trade:
Information service on request, according to the Rules for dissemination of statistical products and services of NSI.
|Documentation on methodology|
National legislation and developed statistical methodology: https://www.nsi.bg/sites/default/files/files/metadata/dTrade_Method_45_en.pdf
This includes the improvement of the on-line based information system 'Business statistics', which ensures strict arithmetical and logical input control. The additional output control is made when are registered the big differences in the value of given indicator between two consecutive years or in comparison with the results of other statistical surveys in NSI – 'Short-term statistics' and 'Prodcom' statistics.
This is made in accordance with the standard criteria for assessing the quality - relevance, accuracy and reliability, timeliness, comparability and coherence.
The main users of data for Wholesale and Retail sales are:
There has been no study of user satisfaction, but no cases of outstanding requests for information are registered.
Full compliance with the Bulgarian legislation.
|Accuracy and reliability|
The information for calculation of wholesale and retail sales is based on the annual reports of the activity on non-financial enterprises, as full coherence of the input data is provided.
The survey is exhaustive and there are no sampling errors.
|Timeliness and punctuality|
The deadline for the publication of the data at national level is t+11 months for the final data, where t is the reference year.
The deadlines for publication are strictly followed.
|Coherence and comparability|
|Comparability - geographical|
For the country the data are comparable.
|Comparability - over time|
The comparability of the data is not affected by using of different classifications of economic activities (NACE.BG 2008, NACE.BG 2003 and NACE.BG 2001), because the indicators are calculated totally from all non-financial enterprises in the country.
|Coherence - cross domain|
|Coherence - internal|
|Cost and burden|
NSI of Bulgaria is making extraordinary efforts to reduce the respondents' burden. An example is the signed agreement called 'Single Entry Point' between NSI and the National Revenue Agency for a single providing of the annual reports and using the data from both institutions. Developed by NSI on-line based information system 'Business Statistics' and ensured methodological and technical assistance to respondents during the reporting campaign are highly appreciated by respondents and help to reduce their workload.
|Data revision - policy|
The National policy allows the revision of already published data if there are serious reasons.
|Data revision - practice|
The revised data replace the already published data as soon as possible after the revision is made.
The main data sources for calculating the indicators for Wholesale and Retail sales are:
|Frequency of data collection|
Exhaustively for all non-financial enterprises accomplished Wholesale and Retail sales in the reference year.
Data validation is made by additional logical input control and comparison between the output data and the results of the previous year and other surveys, carried out by NSI.
The survey is exhaustive and further data evaluation is not made.
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