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Deflation improvements in the UK National Accounts

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SummaryAs part of wider developments to improve the quality of the UK National Accounts, ONS will introduce two key improvements to the methods by which volume estimates of gross domestic product (GDP) are calculated in the Blue Book 2011 consistent Quarterly National Accounts release, which will be published on 5 October 2011. The first will be the harmonisation of the deflators used across the accounts. The second is replacement of Retail Price Index (RPI) series with Consumer Price Index (CPI) series in forming the deflators.This article sets out how these changes will affect the components of the UK National Accounts. It also explains how this will bring the UK methods into line with international best practice and improve the coherence of volume measures within the UK National Accounts, as well as assisting international comparability.

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  • Steve Drew, 2011. "Deflation improvements in the UK National Accounts," Economic & Labour Market Review, Palgrave Macmillan;Office for National Statistics, vol. 5(9), pages 1-22, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:ecolmr:v:5:y:2011:i:9:p:1-22
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