Methodologies describe the technical operations IBRE uses to calculate economic indicators. The technical notes describe changes in the procedures adopted in methodologies and record improvements and refinements in calculation if the price indices.

In partnership with the Central Bank of Brazil, the Getulio Vargas Foundation releases this month the Conjuncture Survey of the Trade Sector with monthly periodicity and national scope. The methodology follows traditional criteria of research of this nature, being comparable to the pioneer Industry Survey, created by FGV itself in 1966, and to the surveys made in the European Community…

I. Introduction

The business surveys are statistical studies that generate information for monitoring the current situation and planning for future events in the economy.

One of the main attributes of this type of survey is the speed with which data are collected, processed, and released. While traditional quantitative statistics on topics like production and employment give…