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MPL  

This page contains answers to common questions handled by our support staff.


          
 
   

Are Subscriptions & Annual contracts available?

Annual subscriptions are available and these provides for the continuous provision of data. To obtain an annual subscription one need to obtain MPL membership.

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Can Bespoke Client Surveys be ordered and produced?

Members can order bespoke client surveys on their own firm or on competitive firms. These surveys provide data on the perceptions of the client base in respect of the subject firm.

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How are the Businesses and Products Classified?

The MPL have adopted the NAICS business and product classifications to enable cross-border comparisons of markets and business definitions.

  Information on the NAICS classifications can be found here.

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How are the Product descriptions defined?

The standard databases produced by MPL use the NAICS product codes, however Members are able to obtain data using the one of the national product codes or definitions.

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How are the Profession - Trade - Business descriptions defined?

The standard databases produced by MPL use the NAICS industry/business codes, however Members are able to obtain data using the one of the national industry/business codes or definitions.

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How often are the databases up-dated?

MPL databases are dynamic and are updated and generated continuously in real-time.

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How does one become a Member?

To become an MPL Member please submit an enquiry using the Service form.

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Is online or real-time service available?

Online and real-time database services are available only to Members.

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Is there Forecasting & Business planning software available?

We can provide a comprehensive Forecasting, Modelling and Business Planning software to Members. For more information please use the Service form.

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What Marketing Systems are available?

We can provide a comprehensive Marketing Systems to Members. For more information please use the Service form.

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What is the delivery frequency/interval for contract services?

The standard delivery frequency for contract services is monthly. For certain business sectors the standard contracts provide for weekly delivery. In especially dynamic business sectors, for example in the financial sectors where interest rates or fiscal policies may induce precipitous changes in market conditions, delivery frequencies are arranged according to the circumstances of industry sector. Members are always free to specify the delivery product frequency they desire and the service contract will be specified accordingly.

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What Accounting standards are used in the data?

U.S. or British accounting standards are used for the standard financial data provided. We have standardised on these accounting standards to ensure that cross-border comparisons are always possible. Members can obtain data using other national accounting standards as required.

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What are Product Lines?

Product Lines are the various services (and goods) sold or provided by individual businesses. A business may (and frequently does) provide a range of products and the use of Product Lines enables one to define what products or services are provided in the marketplace.

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What is Product Parity?

Product Parity is the attempt made to provide a base reference or definition, across national borders and industry sectors, of products, services and markets. In many senses Product Parity can be regarded in respect of Product Alternatives and even Opportunity Costs alternatives.

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What is Purchasing Parity?

Purchasing Parity is a value for final goods and services supplied within a national market at a given moment in time. A national purchasing parity is the sum value of all goods and services produced in that country, by the subject industry or market sector, valued at prices prevailing against a basket of standard products which are averaged across the entire multi-national database. This is the measure most business planners prefer when looking at consumption and when comparing prices or usage of services across national borders. The measure is difficult to compute, as a currency value has to be assigned to all relevant goods and services in a particular country regardless of whether these goods and services have a direct equivalent internationally; as a result, purchasing parity estimates for some countries are based on a small and sometimes different set of goods and services. For many newly researched countries, purchasing parity-based measures are multiples of the official exchange rate measured, in real terms, over time. These factors are especially important for forecasting methodology where one uses many years of multiple regressional analysis to produce the forecasts.

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What Forecasting methodology is used?

Please consult the Forecasting and Modelling Handbook which is found on the Members site for fully details of the forecasting methodology.

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What data collection methodology is used?

Please consult the Methodology Handbook which is found on the Members site for fully details of the data collection and processing  methodology.

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