S.I. No. 118/2003 - Statistics (Retail Sales) Order, 2003

I, Mary Hanafin, Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach, in exercise of the powers conferred on me by section 25 (1) of the Statistics Act 1993 (No. 21 of 1993) and the Statistics (Delegation of Ministerial Functions) Order 2002 ( S.I. No. 313 of 2002 ) hereby order as follows:

1.         (a)       This Order may be cited as the Statistics (Retail Sales) Order 2003.

(b)       This Order comes into operation on 1 May 2003 and expires on 30 April 2008.

2.        In this Order, unless the context otherwise requires, a reference to an Article or Schedule is a reference to an Article of or a Schedule to this Order.

3.         (1)       This Order applies to an undertaking, other than a public authority, that is engaged in any economic activity that appears in Sections G to K and O of NACE Rev. 1, at any time during a year in respect of which a survey is carried out.

(2)       In this Article, “NACE Rev.1” means the common basis for statistical classifications of economic activities within the European Community set out in the Annex to Commission Regulation (EC) No. 29/20021 amending Council Regulation (EEC) No 3037/902 on the statistical classification of economic activities in the European Community

4.        An undertaking to whom this Order applies is prescribed as an undertaking required to provide the Central Statistics Office with information relating to retail statistics the general nature of which information is specified in the Schedule.

5.        Information, the general nature of which is specified in the Schedule is prescribed as information required to be provided for the purposes of surveys of undertakings to whom this Order applies, (the first of which shall be undertaken in the year 2003).

6.        Information referred to in Article 5 shall be provided when requested by the Director General, weekly, monthly, quarterly, half yearly or annually.

7.        (1)     Subject to paragraph (2) of this Article, an undertaking required by virtue of this Order to provide information to the Central Statistics Office shall provide such information by the completion of forms and questionnaires prepared by the Director General of the Central Statistics Office in accordance with section 23 of the Statistics Act 1993 (No. 21 of 1993).

(2)      An undertaking required by virtue of this Order to furnish information shall be deemed to comply with that obligation where, with the consent of the Director General of the Central Statistics Office, the information is furnished by electronic means, and provided that the Director General approves the format or manner in which the information is provided.


1.        Particulars of type of activity carried on by the undertaking

2.        Particulars of accounting period

3.        Particulars of the turnover of the undertaking

4.        Particulars of number of outlets


Given under my Hand

1 April 2003



Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach


Th purpose of the Statutory Instrument is to enforce a statutory collection on the sale of retail goods in the Republic of Ireland which will contribute to the availability of comparable, reliable, synchronised and comprehensive data at European level. Council Regulation (EC) No 761/93 refers.

1 OJ No. L 6 10.1.2002 p.3 - 34

2 OJ No L293 24.10.1990 p.1