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Annual Business Survey (ABS)

The ABS is the main structural business survey conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Prior to 2009, ABS was known as the Annual Business Inquiry – part 2 (ABI/2).

It collects financial information for about two-thirds of the UK economy, covering agriculture (part), forestry and fishing, production, construction, motor trades, wholesale, retail, catering and accommodation, property, and service trades.

The financial variables covered include turnover, purchases, employment costs, capital expenditure and stocks. Approximate gross value added (aGVA) is calculated as an input into the measurement of gross domestic product (GDP).

This section provides information and guidance supporting the ABS. The latest figures from ABS are available on the ABS release page.

Contact information

If you cannot find what you are looking for, or require further help or information about ABS, please contact us:

By email at: (ABS publication and analysis)

By telephone on: +44 (0)1633 456592 (Julian Dowsell)

By post at:
ABS Publications and Special Analysis
Room 2.301
Office for National Statistics
Cardiff Road
Newport NP10 8XG

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