Annual Services Inquiry


Central Statistics Office (CSO)

Key information

Turnover, purchases, stocks, gross margin, gross value added, capital assets, personnel costs, employment, exports and imports classified by service sector, principal activity, turnover, number of persons engaged and nationality of ownership.

A Methods and Quality Report is available for this statistic.


The CSO Annual Services Inquiry survey.


The survey covers all enterprises in the retail, wholesale, transport and storage, accommodation and food, information and communication, real estate, professional, technical administrative and other selected services sectors. The ASI is an Enterprise survey, where an enterprise is defined as the smallest legally independent unit. Enterprises that traded for at least 6 months of the relevant year are included in the survey.



Reference period

Calendar year

Start date



18 months after the end of the reference year


  • Services sector
    Wholesale and retail distribution; Hotels and restaurants; Transport, storage and communications; Real estate renting and business services; Other community, social and personal service activities.
  • Employment size
    Less than 10 persons engaged; 10-19; 20-49; 50-249; 250+ persons engaged.
  • Nationality of ownership
    Irish-owned; Foreign-owned.
  • Business type
    Family business; Non-family business.
  • Economic activity (NACE)
    Based on NACE Rev.2.


Business Sectors - Services

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