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Statistics glossary

percentage balance

The form in which the results of European Commission surveys are usually presented, namely as the difference between the percentage of respondents giving positive and that of those giving negative replies.

portfolio investment (in a b.o.p. context)

Cross-border transactions and positions involving debt or equity securities, other than those included in direct investment or reserve assets.

primary balance

The general government sector’s net borrowing or net lending excluding interest payments on consolidated government liabilities.

primary income (in a b.o.p. context)

An item in the current account representing the return that accrues to resident institutional units for their contribution to the production process or for the provision of financial assets and renting natural resources to non-resident institutional units. See also

principal (in a debt service context)

The face value of a bond or original amount for which it is issued, i.e. excluding interest payable.

private sector credit flow

Annual transactions on debt securities issued and loans taken out by non-financial corporations and households (including non-profit institutions serving households). The private sector credit flow-to-GDP ratio is defined as the ratio of private sector credit flow to GDP at current market prices.

private sector debt

Outstanding amounts at the end of the year of securities issued and loans taken out by non-financial corporations and households (including non-profit institutions serving households). The private sector debt-to-GDP ratio is defined as the ratio of private sector debt to GDP at current market prices.