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Unformatted text preview: INTERNET RETAIL SALES UK Statistical Authority Assessment of Retail Sales Inquiry 1 Published January 2011. Requirement 4 states:- Publish a plan to review the data sources and methods used to produce the experimental statistics, to ensure that they are produced to a level of quality that meets users needs (para 3.11). Background Sales made over the internet are an important and evolving part of the retail sector and there are clear benefits in an official monthly estimate. On Thursday 18 December 2008, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) first released its estimate of internet retail sales as a percentage of total retail sales 2 . The underlying data had been calculated for 34 large businesses as part of the Monthly Commodity Inquiry and then 89 small and medium businesses from a small pilot survey. From March 2009 an additional question was added to the Retail Sales Inquiry (RSI) monthly questionnaire (copies may be found in Annex 1) which goes to approximately 5,000 retailers and collects...
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