Apart from table E.1, which gives indices of industrial production, and table E.15, showing the numbers of cotton spindles, all the tables in this section consist of physical output and external trade statistics for major commodities which possess an adequate degree of homogeneity to allow aggregation and meaningful comparisons between countries. Inevitably, these are mostly basic commodities rather than finished goods; yarn and cloth rather than clothing, metals rather than machinery. The picture they give of industrial development is necessarily biased and partial. However, until very recent decades, there is little that could be added to them in the way of continuous statistical series for consumer industries; and even then, there is far more detail available for centrally-planned than for market economies.
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