This unique, comprehensive reference work, now in its sixth edition, provides detailed up-to-date statistical information that is not available from any other single source. It presents internationally comparable statistics for over 120 countries at different levels of detail in industry/product specification. The data appearing in the Handbook have been collected from both national and international sources and supplemented through field work by UNIDO statisticians. Information concerning major fields of industrial performance and industrial development can be found in the Handbook. These include measures of industrial growth and related long term trends, indicators of structural change for both the manufacturing sector and individual industries, evidence regarding patterns of employment, wages and salaries, value added, gross output, patterns of consumption for specific manufactured commodities and related trends in trade in manufactures. In compiling the data and indicators described above, UNIDO statisticians have given priority to the development of indicators which are internationally comparable both among countries and across industries. The data to be found in the Handbook are also constructed at the most detailed level possible. The results of this work will be a valuable source of information on world industry for both researchers and decision-makers. The Handbook of Industrial Statistics 1992 will be an essential source of reference for industrial economists and government officials needing an assessment of economic and industrial trends. It will also be invaluable for business people seeking trade and investment opportunities, industrial joint ventures and financial agreements in both industrialized and developing countries.