Index of Services, UK: September 2021

Movements in the volume of output for the UK services industries. Figures are seasonally adjusted.

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Dyddiad y datganiad:
11 November 2021

Cyhoeddiad nesaf:
10 December 2021

1. Main points

  • Monthly services output grew by 0.7% between August 2021 and September 2021 but was still 0.3% below its February 2020 level, the last month of "normal" trading conditions prior to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

  • There were rises in 10 out of the 14 sectors in the Index of Services. The largest percentage growth was in human health and social work activities (4.7%); the most notable falls were 1.5% in wholesale and retail trade and 2.3% in information and communication.

  • Services output for Quarter 3 (July to September 2021) rose by 1.6% compared with Quarter 2 (April to June 2021); this was led by accommodation and food service activities, which rose by 30.0%. 

  • The coronavirus pandemic and other events have changed output in the services industries, although each sector has been affected differently; for further and detailed analysis of the effect on our monthly Index of Services estimate, please see our article GDP monthly estimate, UK: September 2021, published 11 November 2021.

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2. Index of Services data

Index of Services time series
Dataset | Dataset ID: IOS1 | Released 11 November 2021
Monthly movements in output for the services industries: distribution, hotels and restaurants; transport, storage and communication; business services and finance; and government and other services.

Monthly Business Survey turnover of services industries
Dataset | Released 11 November 2021
Monthly Business Survey services industries' total turnover; current price and non-seasonally adjusted, UK.

Index of Services, main components and sectors to four decimal places
Dataset | Released 11 November 2021
Monthly historical movements in output for services and their industry components, by chained volume indices of gross value added, UK.

Index of Services revisions triangles
Dataset | Released 11 November 2021
Monthly chained volume indices in gross value added for services and its main components.

All data related to the Index of Services are available on the Related data page.

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3. Measuring the data

Data sources and collection

The Index of Services (IoS) is compiled using data from several different sources:

  • ONS: Monthly Business Survey (44.4%)

  • ONS: Retail Sales Inquiry (6.4%)

  • ONS: Government Expenditure (20.1%)

  • ONS: Households' Expenditure (15.3%)

  • ONS: Finance Expenditure (7.8%)

  • Other (5.9%)

The Monthly Business Survey (MBS) data are published alongside this release in MBS turnover in services industries.

Data relating to the retail industry are broadly comparable with Retail sales, Great Britain: September 2021, published on 22 October 2021.

For further information on what is included within Other, please see the GDP(o) data sources catalogue.

Percentage of each data source is based on their gross value added (GVA) weight. The GDP(o) methods and sources pages provide more information on the data that underpin these statistics; of particular note is the GDP(o) data sources catalogue.

From February 2018, value-added tax (VAT) data have also been included across 64 production industries for small and medium-sized businesses. For more information, see VAT turnover data in national accounts: background and methodology.

Quality and methodology

More quality and methodology information on strengths, limitations, appropriate uses, and how the data were created is available in the Index of Services QMI.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Office for National Statistics' (ONS) Monthly Business Survey (MBS) is fully online, meaning that business owners can logon from any location and submit their data at an appropriate time. Most other data in the IoS come from within the ONS and therefore will be less impacted than survey data.

Our latest data and analysis on the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the UK economy and population is now available on a new web page. This will be the hub for all special coronavirus-related publications, including the fortnightly Business Impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Survey (BICS).

The ONS has released a public statement on COVID-19 and the production of statistics. Specific queries must be directed to the Media Relations Office.

Consultation on the Code of Practice for Statistics - proposed change to 9:30am release practice

On behalf of the UK Statistics Authority, the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) is conducting a consultation on the Code of Practice for Statistics, proposing changes to the 9.30am release practice. Please send comments by 21 December 2021 to: regulation@statistics.gov.uk

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David Beckett
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