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8.1 The quality of statistics should be judged by their ability to satisfy users' information needs. Statistics on a particular subject should provide a reasonable and timely measure of the real world economic events to which they relate. They need to be:
8.2 The quality of Australia's international merchandise trade statistics is broadly affected by similar factors to those for most statistical series. This chapter describes the concepts underlying data quality and presents some analyses of data quality for Australia's trade statistics.