The Census and Statistics Department (C&SD) maintains a computerised Central Register of Establishments (CRE) which contains information relating to active establishments in Hong Kong.

CRE mainly serves as the sampling frame for various economic surveys conducted by C&SD. Other government bureaux/departments, private organisations and members of the general public may also make use of the disclosable information kept in CRE for conducting their own statistical surveys on business undertakings, publicity, business promotion, customer/market segmentation and research work. The disclosable information of CRE covers the name, address, type of business and employment size class of individual establishments and is available to users in the following two forms.

20% Sample Listing

A standard sample listing containing 20% of the records in CRE, which are randomly selected using a scientific sampling method, is available at a charge. Users may apply for all or part of the records in this sample listing by specifying the industries, employment size classes and districts (District Council Districts or Tertiary Planning Units) of the establishments required.

As this sample listing is a representative sample of the records in CRE, users may make use of it to construct a representative sample for their own establishment surveys by either selecting all the records or a random sub-sample of the records in the 20% sample listing. Users may also make use of this 20% sample listing to conduct publicity and business promotion activities, customer/market segmentation and researches.

The 20% sample listing is updated on a quarterly basis.

Application for this 20% sample listing can be made by completing the application form available on C&SD website (Link), with the following information provided:

The completed application form can be e-mailed to cre@censtatd.gov.hk, faxed to (852) 2827 2296, or posted to the Employment Statistics and Central Register of Establishments Section, Census and Statistics Department, 20/F, Wanchai Tower, 12 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

Successful applicants will receive the requested information in the form of photocopy or CD-R at the following rates:

Matching Operation for Specified List of Establishments

Users may apply for a matching service whereby users may provide C&SD with a specified list of establishments for matching against the records in CRE and extraction of the disclosable information (including name, address, type of business and employment size class) of the matched establishments from CRE. The matching operation will be conducted by C&SD with the computer application program (e.g. in Excel, Access, SAS) provided by the users and the computing facilities in C&SD. The establishment name and address (either one or both) can be used as matching keys for the matching operation.

Application for this matching service can be made by completing the application form available on C&SD website (Link), with the following information provided:

The completed application form can be e-mailed to cre@censtatd.gov.hk, faxed to (852) 2827 2296, or posted to the Employment Statistics and Central Register of Establishments Section, Census and Statistics Department, 20/F, Wanchai Tower, 12 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

Successful applicants will receive the disclosable information of the matched establishment records in the form of CD-R at the following rate:

Enquiries

Further details about the above services can be obtained from the Employment Statistics and Central Register of Establishments Section of C&SD at tel: (852) 2582 4760, fax: (852) 2827 2296, or e-mail: cre@censtatd.gov.hk.