Consumer survey


Consumer survey
Contact
Contact organisation

National Statistical Institute

Contact organisation unit

Statistics on Tourism and Business surveys Department

Contact name

Hristina Terziyska

Contact person function

Chief expert

Contact mail address

2, P. Volov Str., 1038 Sofia, Bulgaria

Contact email address

[email protected]

Contact phone number

+359 2 9857 628

Contact fax number
Metadata update
Metadata last certified18 September 2017
Metadata last posted18 September 2017
Metadata last update18 September 2017
Statistical presentation
Data description

The consumer survey contains standardized questions about the financial situation of households, general economic situation, inflation, unemployment, saving, intentions of making major purchases on durable goods or purchasing/building a home or buying a car. The proposed options of answers give an opportunity to arrange them from optimistic, through neutral to pessimistic. The survey results are used to capture the direction of change of observed variables incl. "the consumer confidence level", which gives an opportunity to analyze the tendencies in the development of public opinions on significant economic phenomena in the country.

Classification system

The respondents are categorized according to 5 criteria: income, occupation, education, age and sex.

Sector coverage

The object of the survey is the persons aged 16 and over; the sample method is random, clustered, and proportional to the population by regions, incl. urban/rural inhabitants (154 clusters with 8 persons per cluster).

Statistical concepts and definitions

The consumer confidence indicator is an arithmetic mean of the balances of the expectations about the development over the next 12 months of the financial situation of households, general economic situation, savings and unemployment, as the last is taken with a negative sign.

The replies to the questions are presented in a five-option ordinal scale. The results are in the form of balances which are the difference between the relative shares of the positive and the relative shares of the negative answering options, as there is one specification: the very positive and the very negative answering options are given a coefficient of 1, and the more moderate positive and negative options - a coefficient of 0.5.

Statistical unit

Households and their members.

Statistical population

Reference population of the survey - the permanent population of Bulgaria aged 16 years and more.

Reference area

Total for the territory of Republic of Bulgaria.

Time coverage

Time series of data are published from 2001 (at Information System INFOSTAT of the National Statistical Institute).

Base period

Not applicable.

Unit of measure

Balance, per cent.

Reference period

Quarter.

Institutional mandate
Legal acts and other agreements

Joint harmonised EU programme of business and consumer surveys.

Manual to the Joint harmonised EU programme of business and consumer surveys.

Data sharing

Not applicable.

Confidentiality
Confidentiality - policy
  • Law on Statistics;
  • Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 on European statistics (recital 24 and Article 20(4)) of 11 March 2009 (OJ L 87, p. 164), stipulates the need to establish common principles and guidelines ensuring the confidentiality of data used for the production of European statistics and the access to those confidential data with due account for technical developments and the requirements of users in a democratic society.
Confidentiality - data treatment

Individual data are not published in accordance with article 25 of the Law on Statistics. The publishing of individual data can be performed only in accordance with article 26 of the same law.

Release policy
Release calendar

The date of publication of statistical information is indicated in the Release Calendar presenting the results of the statistical surveys carried out by the National Statistical Institute. The data are announced in the first week after the reference period.

Release calendar access

The calendar is available on the NSI website: http://www.nsi.bg/en/node/480

User access

Consumer surveys data are published on the NSI website, section Business statistics - Business Surveys in accordance with the Law on Statistics (Chapter 5) and the European Statistics Code of Practice respecting the professional independence and aimed at objectivity, transparency and equal treatment of all consumers.

Frequency of dissemination

Quarterly.

Accessibility and clarity
News release

NSI publishes regular press releases "Consumer survey" in the first week after the reference period.

Publications

Analytical publication "Bulgaria 2011 - statistical panorama"

On-line database

Data on Consumer survey are available to all users of the NSI website under the heading Business statistics - Business Surveys - Consumer survey: http://www.nsi.bg/en/node/4385

Micro-data access

Not applicable.

Other

Not applicable.

Documentation on methodology

Manual to the Joint harmonised EU programme of business and consumer surveys: https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/bcs_user_guide_en_0.pdf

 

Quality documentation

Not applicable.

Quality management
Quality assurance
Quality assessment
Relevance
User needs

Main users of the data are national and international organizations and institutions.

User satisfaction

The users' satisfaction survey is not carried out.

Completeness
Accuracy and reliability
Overall accuracy

In sample surveys may be mistakes in the registration of answers, processing, and others.

Sampling error
Non-sampling error
Timeliness and punctuality
Timeliness

The NSI presents information about survey in the first week after the reference period.

Punctuality

The data are disseminated according to the planned schedule.

Coherence and comparability
Comparability - geographical

The data are prepared at national level.

Comparability - over time

The time series data are comparable.

Coherence - cross domain

Not applicable.

Coherence - internal

Not applicable.

Cost and burden
Data revision
Data revision - policy

Not applicable.

Data revision - practice

Not applicable.

Statistical processing
Source data

Main data source are questionnaires.

Frequency of data collection

Quarterly.

Data collection

The data are collected using a questionnaire by conducting a personal interview with the households included in the sample, and with all persons aged 16 years and over - members of the household.

Data validation

In introducing and recording data obligatory control is performed according to set validation rules. If the information given in a questionnaire does not meet the requirements of validation are appear the error messages on user's screen. Performed and verify as regards the output data.

Data compilation

The data processing is performed by developed application software.

Adjustment

Not applicable.

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    In July 2019, the total business climate indicator remains approximately to its level from the previous month. A reduction of the business conjuncture is observed in industry and construction, while in retail trade preserves its June level. Only in service sector, the indicator is increased.

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    In June 2019, the total business climate indicator decreases by 1.3 percentage points in comparison with May as a result of the more unfavourable business climate in industry, construction and service sector.

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