The Statistics Pocket Book is updated monthly. As a general rule, the cut-off date for the statistics included in the Pocket Book is the day preceding theGoverning Council of the ECB’s
rst meeting of the month. For this issue, itwas 4 August 2010.For speci
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Unless otherwise indicated, all data series including observations for 2009and beyond relate to the Euro 16 (the euro area including Slovakia) for the whole time series. For interest rates, monetary statistics and the HICP(and, for consistency reasons, the components and counterparts of M3 and thecomponents of the HICP), statistical series refer to the changing composition of the euro area (see below for details). In such cases, where underlying data areavailable, absolute and percentage changes for the respective year of entry intothe euro area of Greece (2001), Slovenia (2007), Cyprus (2008), Malta (2008)and Slovakia (2009), calculated from bases covering the year prior to the year of entry, use a series in which the impact of these countries’ joining the euroarea is taken into account. Historical data referring to the euro area is takeninto account.The statistical series referring to the changing composition of the euro area are based on the euro area composition at the time to which the statistics relate. Thus,data prior to 2001 refer to the Euro 11, i.e. the following 11 EU Member States:Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Spain, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands,Austria, Portugal and Finland. Data from 2001 to 2006 refer to the Euro 12, i.e.the Euro 11 plus Greece. Data for 2007 refer to the Euro 13, i.e. the Euro 12 plusSlovenia. Data for 2008 refer to the Euro 15, i.e. the Euro 13 plus Cyprus andMalta, and data as of 2009 refer to the Euro 16, i.e. the Euro 15 plus Slovakia.More information can be found in the “Euro area statistics” section of theECB’s Monthly Bulletin and the “Statistics” section of the ECB’s website(www.ecb.europa.eu). All rights reserved.
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