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World Manufacturing Production (Methodological Note)

UNIDO Statistics publishes a series of quarterly reports and monthly infographics about current growth trends of the world manufacturing production, which is based on the index numbers of industrial production (IIP) collected from national data sources. The main objective of these reports is to provide an overview of the current growth trends of the world manufacturing production by country groups and major sectors.

While researchers devoted in fundamental economic studies prefer detailed business structure statistics on annual basis, other international data users, especially, policymakers and business associations, require more frequent assessments of the overall production growth trends. In order to meet the user’s demand in current industrial statistics, UNIDO as the specialized UN agency in the field of the industrial developments, presents the latest sub-annual growth estimates for the overall manufacturing production as well as for its major industries.

The published growth estimates are based on sound methodology, best practices and thoroughly checked data. Data compilation and presentation methods have regularly been updated since the first quarterly report was released, resulting in the methodology depicted in this document, which has been applied since the beginning of 2017.

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