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1996
Component ID: #ti1101140852

Background

The estimates presented in this report are based on 1996 data collected from a sample of approximately 34,000 companies with one or more employees and 12,000 nonemployer businesses. For those companies with one or more employees, capital expenditures data are published for 94 industries. In addition, total capital expenditures, with no industry detail, are shown for the nonemployer businesses.

Component ID: #ti1634406949

Composition of Industry Codes

The industry categories used in the survey were comprised of two- and selected three-digit industries from the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Manual: 1987(1). Industry combinations were developed through an analysis of test survey results. This analysis consisted of reviewing the frequency and value of industries reported. Also, consideration was given to related industries for which respondents were unable to separately report. In addition, a category was provided for structures and equipment expenditures serving multiple industries; for example, headquarters, regional offices, and central research laboratories.

(1) Standard Industrial Classification Manual: 1987. For sale by Superintendent
of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington,
DC 20402, Stock No. 041-001-00314-2.

Component ID: #ti1634406950

Information Requested

Two survey forms were used for the 1996 ACES. The ACE-1 survey form was mailed to a sample of approximately 34,000 companies with one employee or more. Recipients of this survey form were requested to provide capital expenditures data for each industry in which they had activity and to classify these expenditures as new and used structures and equipment.

New structures and equipment include expenditures for new buildings and other structures, structures that have been previously owned but neither used nor occupied, new machinery and equipment, and other new fixed assets. Used structures and equipment include expenditures for buildings and other structures which have been previously owned and occupied, secondhand machinery and equipment, and other used fixed assets.

Respondents were also asked to report new structures and equipment acquired under capital lease arrangements entered into during the survey year, and capitalized interest incurred to produce or construct new fixed assets during the survey year.

The ACE-2 survey form was mailed to a sample of 12,000 nonemployer businesses. Capital expenditures data were requested separately for new and used structures and equipment. (Examples of the ACE-1 and ACE-2 survey forms are in Questionnaires and Instructions.)

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