Office for National Statistics and Predecessors: Company Accounts Analysis: Dataset
The Company Accounts Analysis dataset is an analysis of companies in Great Britain and their accounts, prepared by the Business Statistics Office for analysis on behalf of the Department of Trade and Industry. The information includes descriptive data on the company itself, and figures of detailed financial information taken from the balance sheet, income and appropriation account, and sources and uses of funds of the company.
The sample includes all industrial and commercial companies in Great Britain. The data relates to limited companies only and is based on the consolidated annual accounts of company groups and the accounts of independent companies registered in Great Britain. Great Britain subsidiaries of parent companies registered in Northern Ireland or overseas were also included.
The analysis excluded banking, insurance and other financial companies, charities, and companies registered abroad which maintained GB trading addresses.
The datasets in this series are available to download. Links to individual datasets can be found at piece level.
Hardware: ICL Series 2900.
Operating System: ICL VME
Application Software: A processor controlled keying (PCK) data capture system was used to capture and validate the data in the dataset. It was edited and processed with COBOL software with specified parameters for certain fields.
Logical structure and schema: The dataset comprises two tables: a Main data file, and a Derived Items table. The table Main data File was used to hold descriptive data on the company itself, while the Derived item table contains figures of detailed financial information taken from the balance sheet, income and appropriation account, and sources and uses of funds of the company.
The Company Accounts Analysis dataset was produced with the aim of generating and publishing regular, detailed analysis of published company accounts in Great Britain. The Business Statistics Office, who undertook this work for the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), was also responsible for the production of Business Monitor periodicals. Business Monitor MA3: Company Finance was an annual HMSO periodical containing the analysed results of the industrial and commercial sectors covering up to 3,500 companies, including the top 2,000. Data from this dataset was used in the production of that periodical. The analysis could also be used to identify and monitor the progress of large companies, and give snapshots of merger and acquisition activity among GB companies; and make comparisons of accounting ratios.
The analysis was discontinued in 1992.
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