National accounts, based on the internationally recommended System of National Accounts (SNA), are a coherent, consistent and integrated set of macroeconomic accounts, balance sheets and tables based on a set of internationally agreed concepts, definitions, classifications and accounting rules. National accounts provide a comprehensive accounting framework within which economic data can be compiled and presented in a format that is designed for purposes of economic analysis, decision-taking and policy-making. There are a number of aggregate measures in the national accounts, most notably gross domestic product (GDP) which is the most widely used measure of aggregate economic activity in a period.

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