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Quarterly business receipts indices for service industries for third quarter of 2018
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     Business receipts in value terms of almost all major service industries showed increases of different magnitudes in the third quarter of 2018 when compared with the third quarter of 2017, according to the provisional figures of business receipts indices released today (December 10) by the Census and Statistics Department (C&SD).
 
     Comparing the third quarter of 2018 with the third quarter of 2017, double-digit increases were recorded in business receipts of the real estate (+21.4%) and accommodation services (+10.4%) industries.
                 
     On the other hand, the courier industry recorded a decrease of 11.9% in business receipts during the same period.
 
     Analysed by service domain, business receipts of the tourism, convention and exhibition services domain increased by 8.2% year-on-year during the same period, while those of the computer and information technology services domain also increased by 1.8% year-on-year.
 
     On a seasonally adjusted quarter-to-quarter comparison, business receipts in value terms of a number of major service industries recorded increases of different magnitudes in the third quarter of 2018 when compared with the second quarter of 2018. In particular, business receipts of the insurance industry increased by 12.6% quarter-to-quarter. On the other hand, the courier industry registered a decrease of 11.9% in business receipts during the same period.
 
     Comparing the third quarter of 2018 with the second quarter of 2018 and on a seasonally adjusted basis, business receipts of the tourism, convention and exhibition services domain decreased by 3.3%, while those of the computer and information technology services domain also decreased by 0.5%.
 
     Table 1 presents the business receipts indices and their corresponding year-on-year rates of change in respect of selected service industries and service domains for the recent five quarters, while Table 2 shows the corresponding quarter-to-quarter rates of change in the business receipts indices based on the seasonally adjusted series.
 
     The revised figures of business receipts indices for the third quarter of 2018 will be released at the website of the C&SD (www.censtatd.gov.hk/hkstat/sub/sp70.jsp?subjectID=7&tableID=093&ID=0&productType=8) and relevant publications of the C&SD starting from January 18, 2019.
 
     Data for compiling the business receipts indices are mainly based on the Quarterly Survey of Service Industries conducted by the C&SD, supplemented by relevant data provided by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and the Hong Kong Tourism Board.
 
     A service domain differs from a service industry in that it comprises those economic activities which straddle different industries but are somehow related to a common theme. It may include all activities carried out by all establishments in a service industry that is closely related to the domain. For a service industry that is less closely related, however, only a portion of the establishments in the industry or even only part of the economic activities of the establishments is related to the domain. Taking the tourism, convention and exhibition services domain as an example, it includes all services of hotels and travel agents, and some (those involving visitors as customers) but not all of the services of restaurants, retailers and transport operators.
 
     The classification of service industries follows the Hong Kong Standard Industrial Classification Version 2.0, which is used in various economic surveys for classifying economic units into different industry classes.
 
     More detailed statistics are given in the report "Quarterly Business Receipts Indices for Service Industries, Third Quarter 2018". Users can download this publication free of charge at the website of the C&SD (www.censtatd.gov.hk/hkstat/sub/sp70.jsp?productCode=B1080006).
 
     Members of the public who have enquiries about the business receipts indices may contact the Business Services Statistics Section of the C&SD (Tel: 3903 7267 or email: [email protected]).
 
Ends/Monday, December 10, 2018
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