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Detailed data on sales of consumer goods obtained by ‘scanning’ the bar codes for individual products at electronic points of sale in retail outlets. The data can provide detailed information about quantities, characteristics and values of goods sold as well as their prices.

Scanner data constitute a rapidly expanding source of data with considerable potential for CPI purposes. They are also being used increasingly for purposes of hedonic analysis.

Source Publication:
ILO, IMF, OECD, Eurostat, UNECE, World Bank, 2004, Consumer Price Index Manual: Theory and Practice, International Labour Office, Geneva.


Statistical Theme: Prices and purchasing power partities

Created on Thursday, February 20, 2003

Last updated on Monday, July 11, 2005