Apart from table D1, which gives indices of aggregate industrial production, and table D13, showing the number of cotton spindles, all the tables in this section consist of physical output and external trade volume 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 times there is little that could be added to them in the way of continuous statistical series for industries making finished products.
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