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Short-Term Retail Trade Statistics

      1. Kosovo Agency of Statistics - KAS
      1. Division of Economic Statistics – Enterprise Section
      1. Hysni Elshani
      1. Senior Officer for enterprise statistics
      1. Street “Zenel Salihu” no 4. 10000 Pristina, Kosovo
      1. + 381 38 200 31 133
      1. No fax number available. The fax number is general for the office: +381 38 235 033
      1. 20/11/2015
      1. 20/11/2015
      1. 17/11/2017
      1. The purpose of the quarterly survey of retail trade is to provide information on the movement/flow of goods. The survey collects data on the sales market of goods with VAT, VAT is calculated, the number of employees and number of working hours for the reporting month. The retail data can be used to research current trends and conditions in the market of consumer goods, from the standpoint of changes in the flow//circulation of goods, and seasonal changes in the volume of sales and trade of various goods.
      1. Retail trade data collects data by the classification of economic activities NACE Rev. 2, group 47.
      1. Statistics covering the economic sector.
      1. Enterprise is the smallest combination of legal entity with the manufacturing unit of products or services which has independence in decision-making, especially for the use of its resources and material flows. An enterprise may carry one or several economic activities. Active enterprise – is considered the enterprise that declared one of the taxes or any employees for the reference year. Value of turnover from the production - represents the turnover made by production by excluding value added tax. Indices - express change in time of a given variable or variables as a whole. Volume index is calculated by the Laspeyres formula. Turnover value index of retail trade - is the difference in a quarterly turnover of retail trade compared with a quarterly average of the base year (2013). Number of employees - total number of paid employees working in enterprises (excluding family members who work without pay). Index of number of employees - employment index represents the evolution of employment in the surveyed enterprises.
      1. Research units are active enterprises during the last calendar year.
      1. Frame for sample is extracted from the Statistical Register of Business. It includes only businesses within the group 47 - retailing and only those that are active during the last reference year.
      1. Kosovo (national level)
      1. Time series are available from the reference year 2013. The reference period or the coverage period is three months (April 1 to June 30, 2017).
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      1. Turnover is presented in index. The number of employees in absolute numbers and differences between periods in percentage (%).
      1. The various statistics are generally presented on quarterly basis.
      1. Statistical units, natural and legal persons, regardless of whether they have a legal personality or not, are obliged to provide complete, updated and truthful information to the KAS and other producers of official statistics in appropriate form, timely and free of charge determined by the producer of official statistics, defined in article 2, Law No. 04/L-036 ON OFFICIAL STATISTICS OF REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO.
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      1. “Agency shall ensure that individual data collected for statistical purposes, whether collected from natural or legal persons, or bodies and organizations of the public administration (hereinafter “Respondents”), are handled in a strictly confidential manner and used exclusively for statistical purposes. Law 04/L-036, Article 34. “All respondents shall be obliged, in accordance with the applicable law, to cooperate and provide timely and accurately statistical data to the Agency, and to cooperate with the Agency to verify the accuracy of the collected data. Law 04/L-036, Article 21:
      1. Access to confidential data shall be permitted only to persons who are in charge of producing the official statistics up to that level that these data are necessary for producing statistics. Article 37, Law No. 04/L-036: .
      1. The KAS publishes yearly an advanced release calendar for all its publication for the current year. The calendar is publicly accessible on the KAS website.
      1. The general policy is that before publishing statistics on the Kosovo Agency of Statistics web site a press release is available, also on the web site, to inform users and media. All users get access to data at the same time.
      1. The dissemination of data is quarterly.
      1. News releases on-line at the time of data dissemination.
      1. KAS publications, tables and material for press release are always available in three languages: Albanian, English and Serbian.
      1. KAS has online database:
      1. Users do not have direct access to micro-data, but by law researchers and institutions can request access through KAS.
      1. Data on statistics are also published in the KAS Statistical Yearbook:
      1. A brief explanation of the definitions, key concepts and methodological explanations for users is presented in the publication of data:
      1. KAS is committed to quality assurance in the production of official statistics. Based on the "Law On Official Statistics, Law 04 / L-036", KAS uses statistical methods and processes in accordance with internationally accepted scientific principles and standards and conducts ongoing analyzes in order to improve the quality and delivery of updated statistics. In carrying out its duties, KAS follows the overall quality management principles, in line with the European Statistics Code of Practice. KAS has developed a Quality Statement which is available on the KAS website: . The document lists eleven principles, much in line with the CoP principles like professional independence and statistical confidentiality, on which the work of KAS is based.
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      1. During July 2017, in Kosovo Agency of Statistics was conducted the process of assessment of the Kosovo Statistical System through the “Peer Review” approach.
      1. The main goal of the retail trade survey is to present quarterly trends in the retail sector through several economic indicators, which allows comparability of data at international level based on European standards for quarterly statistics. The main users are the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Economy, various research institutions, national accounts statistics and other sectors within the KAS.
      1. One of the key elements to ensure the quality of statistical data is the measurement of the satisfaction of users. The survey aims to gather comprehensive information on the needs and requirements of users of official statistical data. Through this survey the users of statistical data have expressed their thoughts and opinions regarding statistical views, they have provided advice and suggestions regarding their needs for statistics and how to improve these statistical data in the future. This survey was conducted during the conference held with the users of statistical data, in which 11 users responded. The questionnaire contained eight questions and included various topics: the use of statistical data, evaluation of KAS in general, the assessment of the site in KAS, evaluating the quality of statistical data, etc. More detailed information on this survey can be found on the web: .
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      1. The reference period is quarterly (April 1 – June 30, 2017). Data for each quarter are published exactly 85 days after the reference period but this may change depending on holidays or during the weekends for one or two days.
      1. Delay time is 0.
      1. Statistics refer to the local and national level.
      1. There are no breakdowns in time series.
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      1. The internal consistency of the data is checked before it is finalized. The links between the variables and the coherence in their series is also checked. The data are coherent in the internal aspect.
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      1. There is no revision policy at KAS.
      1. Source of data are all businesses selected for the sample of which belong to the group of double-digit 47 by NACE - Rev.2. The sampling frame is based on data from the Statistical Business Register.
      1. The data collection is quarterly.
      1. Data collection is done between direct interviews with businesses selected.
      1. Controlled by re-contacting the business in the field. Upon completion of the interviewer the further logical examination in the office takes place prior to data entry. Checking the data after data entry, comparison of the data on aggregated level for prior periods, the calculation of the degree of response.
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      1. Seasonal adjustment is not yet implemented.