A unique and comprehensive source of information, the international Yearbook of industrial statistics is the only international publication providing economists, planners, policy makers and business people with worldwide statistics on current performance and trends in the manufacturing sector. This is the first issue of the annual publication which succeeds the UNIDO's Handbook of Industrial statistics and, at the same time, replaces the United Nation's Industrial Statistics Yearbook, Volume I (general Industrial Statistics). Covering more than 120 countries/areas, the new version contains data which is internationally comparable and much more detailed than that supplied in previous publications. Information has been collected directly from national statistical sources and supplemented with estimates by UNIDO. The Yearbook is designed to facilitate international comparisons relating to manufacturing activity and industrial performance. It provides data which can be used to analyse patterns of growth, structural change and industrial performance in individuals industries. Data on employment trends, wages and other key indicators are also presented.
Finally, the detailed information compiled presented here enables the user to study different aspects of industry which was not possible using the aggregate data previously available.