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Statistical bulletin: Products of the European Community - 2010 Provisional Estimates This product is designated as National Statistics

Released: 24 May 2012 Download PDF

Products of the European Community

  • The Provisional estimate for the 2010 PRODCOM Survey shows that UK manufacturers’ production increased in value terms by 7.4% from 2009.
  • Total turnover of manufactured products in 2010 is valued at approximately £311 billion, up from £289 billion in 2009.
  • The largest contributions to the increase in 2010 (and 2009) were from: Food; Motor vehicles, trailers & semi-trailers; Chemicals & chemical products; Machinery & equipment and Fabricated metal products.
  • The top 10 products, as listed in the table following, provide an insight into the drivers behind the overall product sales value. Of the 10 products, four relate directly to the Motor vehicles, trailers & semi-trailers Division.


This bulletin contains information relating to the provisional PRODCOM estimates for 2010.

Top 10 manufactured products with the highest production by value

Table 1

Product Value
(£ billion)
Motor vehicles with a petrol engine > 1500 cm3 (including motor caravans of a capacity > 3000 cm3) (excluding vehicles for transporting >= 10 persons, snowmobiles, golf cars and similar vehicles) 10.6
Other medicaments of mixed or unmixed, packaged for retail sale, not elsewhere classified 7.3
Motor vehicles with a diesel or semi-diesel engine > 1500 cm3 but <= 2500 cm3 (excluding vehicles for transporting >= 10 persons, motor caravans, snowmobiles, golf cars and similar vehicles) 5.9
Parts for all types of aircraft excluding propellers, rotors, under carriages, for civil use  5.6
Beer made from malt (excluding non-alcoholic beer, beer containing <= 0.5% by volume of alcohol, alcohol duty) 4.8
Waters, with added sugar, other sweetening matter or flavoured, i.e. soft drinks (including mineral and aerated) 3.5
Motor vehicles with a diesel or semi-diesel engine > 2500 cm3 (excluding vehicles for transporting >= 10 persons, motor caravans, snowmobiles, golf cars and similar vehicles) (1)The value lies within the range 2.8 to 3.5 billion
Parts and accessories of bodies (including cabs) not elsewhere classified  2.8
Whisky (important: excluding alcohol duty)  2.7
Other structures of iron or steel  2.7

Table source: Office for National Statistics

Table notes:

  1. The actual value has been suppressed to maintain confidentiality

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The annual PRODCOM Survey provides information on products manufactured and sold within the UK. The PRODCOM list, which is set by the European Commission, contains a comprehensive breakdown of industries covering over 3,800 products. The list is hierarchical, with a ‘Division’ divided into ‘Industries’, and then aggregates of products, then detailed products. For example within the Food Division,  there is an industry for the Manufacture of cocoa, chocolate and sugar confectionery, this is further extended into 31 defined products, ranging from chocolate blocks and chocolate spreads to chewing gum and boiled sweets.

The PRODCOM survey is conducted across all EU member states. Data are regularly used in matters relating to EU anti-dumping cases and increasing use of the data is in climate-change and other environmental statistics.

The 2010 survey period is 01 January 2010 to 31 December 2010.

Full details for all products are available from the ONS Website

Background notes

  1. Key issues specific to this release

    The annual PRODCOM survey provides information on PRODucts of the European COMmunity and is compiled from data received from UK manufacturers. In 2010 the survey was sent to approximately 21,500 businesses, covering 234 industries and 3,866 products. Data available includes value and volume of product sales, total turnover, merchanted goods, work done, sales of waste products and all other income.

    An extensive revision of NACE in 2007 resulted in changes to PRODCOM estimates for the 2008 survey onwards.  All industry sectors now align exactly to the NACE classification.

    This differs from previous years where, in some instances, the UK published PRODCOM estimates under its own Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) which only matched the NACE clasissification to the first four digits.  The SIC changes are explained in more detail on the National Statistics website. 

  2. Uses of the data

    This bulletin provides information on the value of UK product sales. The spreadsheets relating to this report contain estimates of sales for UK based manufacturers of individual products covered by the PRODCOM survey, and most contain imports and exports estimates supplied by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

    Results are presented by manufacturing division and each division is further broken down into individual products.

    The survey is conducted across all EU member states to allow comparison with other EU countries.

    At present ONS is not aware of all of the users of the PRODCOM estimates, or whether the current output meets their needs. To address this, a user engagement survey will be conducted later this year.

  3. Link to Quality Report

    The latest Quality Report for this survey is available on the ONS website.

    This report describes, in detail, the intended uses of the statistics presented in this publication, their general quality and the methods used to produce them.

  4. Common pitfalls in interpreting series

    PRODCOM is a survey of 'Manufacturer Sales' which is used as a proxy for production. It is therefore an indirect measure of UK production

    Intra and Extra EU Import and Export data is that of HMRC and is not collected by ONS. It is included within the PRODCOM reports for the benefit of demonstrating UK Net Supply only.

    The sum of constituent items in tables may not always agree exactly with the totals shown due to rounding.

    The following symbols are used in the tables:

    S Suppressed as disclosive

    S* Suppressed as disclosive but included in the aggregated for UK Manufacturer Sales of “Other” products aggregated for UK in the Sales and Turnover table

    N/A   Data not available

    *  Not able to provide data due to secondary disclosure, different units of measurement or other technical issues

  5. Coverage

    Product information is available from the following Manufacturing Divisions

    Division Title
    8 Other mining and quarrying
    10 Food products
    11 Beverages
    12 Tobacco products
    13 Textiles
    14 Wearing Apparel
    15 Leather and related products
    16 Wood and of products of wood and cork (except furniture); articles of straw and plaiting materials
    17 Paper and paper products
    18 Printing and reproduction of recorded media
    19 Coke and refined petroleum products
    20 Chemicals and chemical products
    21 Basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations
    22 Rubber and plastic products
    23 Other non-metallic mineral products
    24 Basic metals
    25 Fabricated metal products (except machinery and equipment)
    26 Computer, electronic and optical equipment
    27 Electrical equipment
    28 Machinery and equipment, not elsewhere classified
    29 Motor vehicles, trailers and semi-trailers
    30 Other transport equipment
    31 Furniture
    32 Other manufacturing
    33 Repair and installation of machinery and equipment

    Table source: Office for National Statistics

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    Product information is available from the following Manufacturing Divisions

    Comparative data for EU countries are available on the Eurostat website.


  6. Sample Information

    The survey sample is derived from ONS’ Inter-Departmental Business register. Businesses are selected by employment size and industry classification. Additional constraints are built into the sample design with a view to restricting the form filling burden on smaller businesses.

  7. Revisions

    This is the first (Provisional) set of data for the 2010 period and thefore there are no revisions for this publication.

  8. Response Rate

    74.3 per cent of the 2010 survey questions were returned and validated.  Response by employment was 74.7 per cent.

  9. Coherence

    Data collected by the Annual Minerals Raised Inquiry (AMRI) on mineral extraction are used in the PRODCOM survey to avoid duplication.

    Intra and Extra EU Import and Export data are supplied by HMRC.

  10. Disclosure

    Statistical disclosure control methodology is applied to the PRODCOM estimates. This ensures that information attributable to an individual business is not disclosed in any publication. The Code of Practice for Official Statistics sets out principles for how ONS protects data from being disclosed.

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  13. Next publication date

    30 December 2011

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