This monthly publication is a compact volume of official statistics containing about 140 tables in 11 sections. It collects up-to-date statistical series on various aspects of the social and economic situation of Hong Kong. Topics include population; labour; external trade; National Income and Balance of Payments; prices; business performance; energy; housing and property; Government accounts, finance and insurance; and transport, communications and tourism. Statistics are presented whenever possible in the form of monthly or quarterly figures for the latest 15 months for which data are available, together with annual figures for the latest 3 complete years. For selected key statistical items, over 20 charts depicting the annual trend in the past decade and quarterly or monthly trend in the recent 2 years are also available.
Description of the scope and nature of the statistical data and definitions of the terms used in this publication are provided in the "Concepts and methods" part in each section. Further references to thematic reports relating to the topics covered in each section are also listed.
Apart from providing up-to-date statistics, the publication also contains several feature articles in each issue. Two feature articles entitled "Hong Kong's External Direct Investment Statistics, 2008 to 2017" and "Pattern of Smoking" are published in the January 2019 issue.
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