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The statistics has been compiled since 1996, but it can be problems in comparing figures over time. The questionnaire, the sample design and the calculation method have been adjusted a few time, latest in 2013, where the time series back to 2012 has been backcasted using new method.

Comparability - geographical

To Eurostat the data are provided only for enterprises with less 20 person employed (according to EU's regulation). In the Statistics Database of Eurostat the distributions of the turnover by services and residence of client are published on EUROSTAT's homepage. It is considered that there are good comparability across countries, because the statistics should be produced by common guidelines and principles.

Comparability over time

It can be problems in comparing figures over time. The survey was conducted for the first time in 1996. The questionnaire has been changed for the reference year 2006 in accordance with the Eurostat questionnaire. The years 2006 and 2007 are not comparable because of a shift to NACE Rev. 2 activity classification and a change in the sample. From the reference year 2007 the sample changes from consisting all enterprises with or over 10 employees to consisting of all enterprises with 20 or more employees, a part of enterprises with 5-19 employees and no enterprises with 1-4 employees.

From the reference year 2013 the method is changed so the enumeration is based on a new data from the Central Business Register. Data are back calculated for 2012. Which means that the results before the year 2012 are not directly comparable to the results from 2012 onwards.

In Statistics Bank the data can be found back to 1996. Due to the differences in methods and units the data for the earlier years can't be expected to compare with the current data beginning with year 2012.

Coherence - cross domain

At national level the data for the survey are grossed up to the provisional turnover from the statistic Accounts Statistics. The final turnover is not available at the time when data are grossed up. Accounts Statistics provides the total turnover in the sector for Legal Activities, whereas the survey in addition to the total turnover also indicates the breakdown of the turnover by different services.

At European level the data for the statistics are grossed up to the level for the Danish Accounts Statistics. As in the Purchases and sales by enterprises statistics the breakdown of the turnover by various services doesn't exist in the accounts statistics but only in this survey.

Coherence - internal

Not relevant for these statistics.