Businesses in American Samoa are getting the 2007 economic census forms from the U.S. Census bureau this month.
This is American Samoa's most comprehensive measure of business and industry taken every five years.
The census data provides the figures that businesses need when they consider expanding into new geographic areas or markets.
Businesses can also look at benchmark values from the economic census to assess where they stand in the marketplace and to research
market shares, salaries, product and sales trends and site locations.
The businesses are being asked to report information such as employment, payroll and the value of goods and services sold.
Business that receive forms are due in by February 12.