5331.0 - Balance of Payments and International Investment Position, Australia, Concepts, Sources and Methods, 1998  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 22/09/1998   
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Contents >> Chapter 4. Publication >> Presentation of time series

4.20. The ABS has long recognised the importance of presenting economic statistics in time series form. In the main summary tables and supplementary tables of the quarterly publication (Cat. no. 5302.0), data are presented for the latest three financial years and the latest six quarters. Longer time series are presented in summary form in the historical tables (tables 41 to 43) of that publication. However, standard ABS electronic dissemination services (the on-line database PC Ausstats, and subscription time series services) provide the most detailed published series for as far back as the data are compiled. The monthly goods and services estimates are compiled back to July 1971, the quarterly balance of payments estimates back to September quarter 1959, the annual balance of payments estimates back to 1945-46 and the quarterly and annual international investment position estimates back to 1981-82 and 1975-76 respectively. These long run, detailed time series are also available as a special data request, while the broader-level annual time series are also available from Cat. no. 5363.0.

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