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Comparability

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Consumption and Prices
Zdravka Bosanac
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Consumer Expectations Survey

All questions shown in section 1.1 were included in the omnibus surveys since 1974, and the new figures can immediately be compared with previously published statistics.

As far as net figures and consumer confidence indicator are concerned, they are available in the Statbank as far back as October 1974. But because of changes in the calculation method, direct data comparability is only possible from 2007.

Comparability - geographical

Statistics is comparable across the countries, since all national institutes use the same harmonized questionnaires in accordance with the principle of harmonization of the Commission's survey program, which aims to produce a set of comparable data for all countries.

Comparability over time

All questions shown in section 1.1 were included in the omnibus surveys since 1974, and the new figures can immediately be compared with previously published statistics. As far as net figures and consumer confidence indicator are concerned, they are available in the StatBank as far back as October 1974. But because of changes in the calculation method, direct data comparability is only possible from 2007.

Coherence - cross domain

The questions asked are so specific that there are no other comparable figures available at Statistics Denmark, but the European Commission publishes corresponding figures for the EU countries (incl. Denmark) at its data base. However 'Consumer confidence indicator' published by the European Commissions is compiled as a simple arithmetic average of the questions 2,4,8 and 11 and unlike the figures published by Statistics Denmark, the EU figures are available as seasonally adjusted and not seasonally adjusted. Therefore these two indicators are not directly comparable.

Coherence - internal

Not relevant for these statistics.