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The Annual Business Survey forms were addressed to the individual legal unit, i.e. the individual company, partnership, sole proprietorship, etc.

The forms, listed here, are designed to ensure the burden on the individual contributor has been kept as low as possible. A number of different form-types are used in the survey:

The forms differ in that long form-types ask for a detailed breakdown of purchases; employment costs; taxes, duties and levies, whereas short form-types just ask for the totals of these variables.