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The income, expenditure and output measures of gross domestic product (GDP) are produced as part of the UK National Accounts. They measure the total income of all economic agents in the UK along with their expenditure and values and volumes of output (or production).

Publications

Annual Abstract of Statistics
Department: Office for National Statistics
Contains statistics on the UK's economy, industry, society and demography presented in easy to read tables and backed up with explanatory notes and definitions. It covers, among others, the following areas: area; parliamentary elections; defence; population and vital statistics; education; labour market; expenditure and wealth; health; crime and justice; lifestyles; environment, housing; transport and communications; government finance; agriculture, fisheries and food; production; banking and insurance and service industry.
Blue Book 2011: Improvements to Household Expenditure Estimates
Department: Office for National Statistics
Article outlining improvements to Household Expenditure estimates
Business Investment
Department: Office for National Statistics
Investment trends for businesses. Contains capital expenditure data at current prices, constant prices and seasonally adjusted.
Business spending on capital items
Department: Office for National Statistics
Provides information for the national accounts and economists. It is also used to calculate weights for combining appropriate producer price indices for deflating the quarterly capital expenditure survey results and the capital expenditure component of the final economy price index.
Capital Stock, Capital Consumption
Department: Office for National Statistics
On 29 September 2011 ONS published an article explaining the changes introduced in this year's Blue Book, titled "Methods changes in the 2011 Blue Book". This results in the separation of the "Capital Stocks, capital consumption and non financial balance sheets publication" into "the non financial balance sheet" statistical bulletin, to be published as originally planned on 2nd November 2011 and "capital stocks and capital consumption data set" expected to be published on 5th March 2012.
Capital stock, capital consumption and non financial balance sheets
Department: Office for National Statistics
On 29 September 2011 ONS published an article explaining the changes introduced in this year's Blue Book, titled "Methods changes in the 2011 Blue Book". This results in the separation of the "Capital Stocks, capital consumption and non financial balance sheets publication" into "the non financial balance sheet" statistical bulletin, to be published as originally planned on 2nd November 2011 and "capital stocks and capital consumption data set" expected to be published on 5th March 2012.
Construction Statistics
Department: Office for National Statistics
This report brings together under one cover a wide range of statistics that are currently available on the construction industry. It gives a broad perspective of statistical trends in the construction industry in Great Britain through the last decade together with some international comparisons and features on leading initiatives that may influence the future.
Economic Review
Department: Office for National Statistics
Economic commentary on the latest GDP estimate and other ONS economic releases.
Economic Trends (discontinued)
Department: Office for National Statistics
This monthly compendium of statistics and articles on the UK economy was been replaced by the Economic and Labour Market Review.
Economic and Labour Market Review
Department: Office for National Statistics
A comprehensive and unique statistical picture of the UK economy and labour market, combining research and analysis found in Economic Trends and Labour Market Trends.
External Coherence
Department: Office for National Statistics
An article analysing the statistical relationship between Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) data.
GDP and the Labour Market
Department: Office for National Statistics
Comparison of developments in GDP and the labour market in the latest quarter.
Gross Domestic Product: Preliminary Estimate
Department: Office for National Statistics
Preliminary estimate for Gross Domestic Product (GDP) containing constant price Gross Value Added (GVA) data for the UK. Data are available by industrial sector.
Gross National Income Inventory of Methods
Department: Office for National Statistics
The Inventory details how UK annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is estimated at current market prices by production, income and expenditure approaches.
Impact of the Recession on the Labour Market
Department: Office for National Statistics
Article on the impact of the recession on the labour market
Index of Distribution for Wales
Department: Welsh Government
The Welsh Index of Distribution is a quarterly index showing short term movements in the output of industries in the motor trade, wholesale and retail sectors in Wales.
Index of Production
Department: Office for National Statistics
Measures the volume of production at base year prices for the manufacturing, mining and quarrying and energy supply industries. These are seasonally adjusted figures on the index of output of the production industries.
Index of Production and Construction in Wales
Department: Welsh Government
Presents data on production and construction for Wales.
Index of Services
Department: Office for National Statistics
Shows the monthly movements in gross value added for the service industries, which overall account for around 78 per cent of UK Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Key Welsh Economic Statistics
Department: Welsh Government
Presents a summary of the latest economic and labour market statistics for Wales.
Measuring National Well-being
Department: Office for National Statistics
Measures of National Well-being. Drawing social and economic data from government and other organisations; painting a picture of UK society and how it changes.
Monthly Digest of Statistics
Department: Office for National Statistics
Contains the latest monthly and quarterly business, economic and social data.
National Accounts Concepts, Sources and Methods
Department: Office for National Statistics
Information on the UK National Accounts, methodology and data sources.
New Orders in the construction industry
Department: Office for National Statistics
Information bulletin of the latest quarterly estimates of new construction orders and some back data. Contains new construction orders (current price and constant price seasonally adjusted) broken down by sector and, in current prices, by region and by type of work.
Output and Employment in the Construction Industry
Department: Office for National Statistics
Construction output is a quarterly series of the output of the construction industry in both the private and public sectors.
Output in the Construction Industry
Department: Office for National Statistics
Construction output is a monthly estimate of the output of the construction industry in both the private and public sectors. The estimates are a key component of Gross Domestic Product.
Price and Volume Inventory
Department: Office for National Statistics
Explains in detail how the expenditure implied deflator derives a single estimate of GDP at constant market prices, and how it is used to compile them under the ESA 95 framework.
Quarterly National Accounts
Department: Office for National Statistics
A detailed breakdown of the components of GDP as well as key sector accounts aggregates.
Regional Economic and Labour Market Profile
Department: Welsh Government
This Statistical Bulletin presents economic and labour market data for the local authorities in Wales grouped by economic region and shows comparisons with Wales and the UK.
Retail Sales
Department: Office for National Statistics
Contains a first estimate of retail sales in volume and value terms, seasonally and non-seasonally adjusted.
Scottish Economic Statistics
Department: Scottish Government
This compendium publication presents a range of official statistics relevant to the Scottish economy.
Scottish Quarterly Gross Domestic Product
Department: Scottish Government
Key indicator of Economic Growth for Scotland, identifying the economic output for the latest quarter.
Second Estimate of GDP
Department: Office for National Statistics
Estimates of the key components of GDP from the output, expenditure and income approaches.
Sustainable Development indicators
Department: Office for National Statistics
These indicators provide an overview of progress toward a sustainable economy, society and environment. Published alongside the headline and supplementary indicators are assessments of change, both short and long term.
The National Balance Sheet
Department: Office for National Statistics
The national balance sheet shows the market value of the financial and non-financial assets for the UK. As such they are a measure of the wealth of the UK.
The Non-financial Balance Sheets
Department: Office for National Statistics
The National Balance Sheets show the market value of the non-financial assets in the UK. As such they are a measure of the wealth of the UK.
The Official Yearbook of the United Kingdom
Department: Office for National Statistics
Statistics for a wide variety of topics including the UK and its people and environmental, economic, government and foreign and social and cultural affairs.
The Productivity Conundrum
Department: Office for National Statistics
Additional economic analysis focusing on the interaction of GDP and the Labour Market.
The impact of previous special events on economic time series
Department: Office for National Statistics
This article reviews the impact of the heavy snow in December 2010 and the Royal Wedding bank holiday in April 2011 on related economic time series.
The impact of the recession on household income, expenditure and saving
Department: Office for National Statistics
Analysis of household disposable income and the saving ratio.
United Kingdom Economic Accounts
Department: Office for National Statistics
Provides detailed estimates of national product, income and expenditure, UK sector accounts and UK balance of payments.
United Kingdom National Accounts
Department: Office for National Statistics
The Blue Book is a key annual publication of National Accounts statistics and the essential data source for anyone concerned with macro economic policies and studies.
Welsh Index of Business Services
Department: Welsh Government
Presents statistics on the Index of Business Services and includes data for Wales and the UK.
Welsh Index of Hotels and Restaurants
Department: Welsh Government
Presents statistics on the Index of Hotels and Restaurants and includes data for Wales and the UK.
Welsh Index of Market Services
Department: Welsh Government
The Welsh Index of Market Services monitors short term changes in the private sector service industries in Wales.
Welsh Index of Transport, Storage and Communication
Department: Welsh Government
Presents statistics on the Index of Transport, Storage and Communication and includes data for Wales and the UK.

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Overview

Gross domestic product (GDP) is an integral part of the UK national accounts and provides a measure of the UK’s total economic activity. GDP is often referred to as one of the main 'summary indicators' of economic activity and references to 'growth in the economy' are quoting the growth in GDP during the latest quarter.

In the UK, three different theoretical approaches are used in the estimation of one GDP estimate.

GDP from the output or production approach

GDP(O) measures the sum of the value added, created through the production of goods and services within the economy (our production or output as an economy). This approach can be used to show how much different industries contribute within the economy.

GDP from the income approach

GDP(I) measures the total income generated by the production of goods and services within the economy. The figures provided breakdown this income into, for example, income earned by companies (corporations), employees and the self-employed.

GDP from the expenditure approach

GDP(E) measures the total expenditures on all finished goods and services produced within the economy. The estimates are 'Gross' because the value of the capital assets consumed (the 'capital consumption') during the productive process has not been subtracted. GDP is produced at current prices and as a volume measure (that is, 'real' or adjusted for inflation).

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Technical Data

The income, output and expenditure measures of GDP are produced as part of the UK National Accounts and are compiled in accordance with the European System of National Accounts 1995 (ESA 95). The accounts cover the UK as a whole with three estimates of GDP published each quarter. Annual estimates of GDP are published in the UK National Accounts Blue Book, usually released in June or September.

The preliminary estimate is published in the month after the end of the quarter and provides a volume measure of GDP, as well as GVA by industrial sector.

This first estimate (as well as subsequent estimates of output volumes) is based in part on ‘actual’ data from business surveys such as the monthly production index and the monthly index of distribution and services. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) also uses these data to produce the monthly indices of production and services which show changes in the output of the production and service sectors.

At month one, the response rate to these surveys is not as high as in subsequent months, and prediction models are used more extensively than in months two and three.

Estimates of UK output, income and expenditure, are published two months after the end of the quarter. These are used to improve on the preliminary estimate of GDP by including more complete output data and confronting this with GDP produced using the income and expenditure approach. In addition to volume indices of GDP by industry, components of income and expenditure are published at both current prices and in volume terms.

GDP by category of income is calculated using the following formula:

  • compensation of employees (CoE) + gross operating surplus (GOS) + mixed income + taxes less subsidies on production

  • CoE is estimated using business survey data on numbers of employees and average earnings

  • GOS, which includes company profits and government operating surplus is estimated using a combination of survey data as well as HM Treasury bank of England data 

  • mixed income represents the profits and CoE of sole traders and is estimated using data from the Labour Force Survey

  • taxes less subsidies on production data are obtained from government administrative records

GDP by category of expenditure is calculated using the following formula:

  • household expenditure + government expenditure + capital expenditure + change in inventories + exports - imports

  • household final consumption expenditure is estimated using data from a number of sources including the Expenditure and Food Survey (EFS) and the International Passenger Survey (IPS)

  • capital expenditure, or gross fixed capital formation, and inventories data are estimated using quarterly business surveys as well as government administrative data

  • data on imports and exports are produced as part of the monthly trade quarterly balance of payments releases produced by ONS. Data sources include the Intrastat survey of importers/exporters, HM customs and excise, the Bank of England (BoE) and the IPS

The Quarterly National Accounts, which provide the most complete estimate of quarterly GDP, are published three months after the end of the quarter and provide a full set of quarterly economic accounts. These incorporate fuller survey data and include the sector accounts, which show the financial transactions and balances of the institutional sectors of the economy (for example, households, government and corporations). They also provide a further disaggregation of the income and expenditure components.

The UK National Accounts Blue Book provides the highest quality estimates of annual GDP because of the incorporation of annual data sources more comprehensive than those used in the quarterly round. Methodological improvements are also taken on at this stage.

Annual supply and use tables, which show details of the goods and services produced and consumed within the UK, are used to fully reconcile the GDP estimates from the production, expenditure and income approaches.

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Glossary

  • Balance of Payments (BoP)

    A summary of the transactions between residents of a country and residents abroad in a given time period.

  • Chained volume measures

    Time series which measure GDP in real terms (that is, excluding price effects).

  • Compensation of employees

    Total remuneration payable to employees in cash or in kind. Includes the value of social contributions payable by the employer.

  • Consumption of fixed capital

    The amount of capital resources used up in the process of production in any period. It is not an identifiable set of transactions but an imputed transaction which can only be measured by a system of conventions.

  • ESA

    European System of National and Regional Accounts. An integrated system of economic accounts which is the European version of the System of National Accounts (SNA).

  • Final consumption expenditure

    The expenditure on goods and services that are used for the direct satisfaction of individual needs or the collective needs of members of the community as distinct from their purchase for use in the productive process.

  • Gross fixed capital formation (GFCF)

    Acquisition less disposals of fixed assets and the improvement of land.

  • Gross value added (GVA)

    The value generated by any unit engaged in production, and the contributions of individual sectors or industries to gross domestic product (GDP). It is measured at basic prices, excluding taxes less subsidies on products.

  • Institutional Sector

    In the economic accounts the economy is split into different institutional sectors, that is, groupings of units according broadly to their role in the economy. The main sectors are non-financial corporations, financial corporations, general government, households and non-profit institutions serving households (NPISH). The Rest of the World is also treated as a sector for many purposes within the accounts.

  • Intermediate consumption

    The consumption of goods and services in the production process. It may be contrasted with final consumption and capital formation.

  • Mixed income

    The balancing item on the generation of income accounts for unincorporated businesses owned by households. The owner or members of the same household often provide unpaid labour inputs to the business. The surplus is therefore a mixture of remuneration for such labour and return to the owner as entrepreneur.

  • Operating surplus

    The balance on the generation of income account. Households also have a mixed income balance. It may be seen as the surplus arising from the production of goods and services before taking into account flows of property income.

  • Value added

    The balance on the production account: output less intermediate consumption. Value added may be measured net or gross.

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Contact Details

For statistical enquiries about this topic, please contact:

Pete Lee

Email: gdp@ons.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone: +44 (0) 1633 456713

Office for National Statistics Cardiff Road Newport NP10 8XG

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