|Number of companies||1,352,529||3.5|
The objective of the Annual Services Survey is to ascertain the structural and economic characteristics of companies whose main activity is classified as non-financial market services, that is, Transport and Storage, Accommodation, Information and communications, Real Estate Activities, Professional, scientific and technical activities, Administrative and support services activities, Arts, Recreation and Entertainment Activities, and Other services (Repair of computers, personal effects and household items, and other personal services).
This statistic, which is governed by the Regulation 295/2008 of the Parliament and the Council of the European Union, provides information on the structural characteristics of services sector companies, such as size and economic data (income and expenditure), as well as the employment and investment structure.
In order to improve the structural surveys processes on companies, the “Integration Project of the Structural Business Statistics” has been implemented. This project intends to use one integrated questionnaire, a harmonized sample design, a joint and simultaneous data collection, the homogenization of the development processes and the simultaneous dissemination for the three sectors of study (Industry, Trade and Services). This project is implemented as of the reference year 2015 on.