The Internal Trade Division is affiliated to the Directorate of Economic Surveys. It oversees the implementation of surveys and statistical activities of the division (wholesale and retail trade, vehicles’ trade, maintenance and spare parts).
The division provides detailed data on its activities through the annual survey and the quarterly indicators study. This data is basically used to calculate the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and the economic indicators. It also provides data to planners, researchers and policy makers.
Overview of the survey
The Internal Trade Survey is an important economic survey that contributes to calculation of the GDP and employment. In view of this importance, the Division conducts an annual survey of establishments engaged in the activities of this sector, namely; wholesale and retail trade, motor vehicles’ trade, maintenance and spares parts in addition to the Quarterly Indicators Study conducted annually every four months for the same activities.
The importance of this survey is highlighted by the set of data provided on employees compensations, paid up capital, production inputs, gross production, value added and investment size through movement of the fixed assets in addition to other data that assist in preparation of economic statistical indicators and National Accounts tables.
1 – General overview of the survey
1 -1: Introduction
The internal trade sector in Jordan is an important sector since it contributes to the GDP and labor force. In view of this importance, the Department of Statistics (DoS) conducts an annual sample survey of establishments operating in the wholesale and retail trade, vehicles’ repair and maintenance.
1 – 2: Survey Objectives
The survey aims to provide the following data:
- Compensation of employees such as; salaries, wages and benefits in kind and cash.
- Gross production value and intermediate consumption.
- Capital invested and capital formation during the year.
- Estimating the contribution of the internal trade sector to the GDP, and providing the necessary data for preparing the national accounts according to the United Nations System of National Accounts 1993.
- Compensation of employees (salaries, wages and benefits in kind and cash).
- Value of gross production, intermediate consumption and value added.
- Value of taxes on production.
- Value of capital invested and capital formation.
- Depreciation value of fixed assets.
The results of the annual survey are usually published at the end of May of each year.