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International Business - Country Data

Resources covering the business environment outside of the U.S.

Statistics and Tables

Every country has its own sources of official statistics, and many have unofficial sources such as trade associations. Sometimes the appropriate government department is self-evident; for example, labor statistics generally come from the department of employment or labor. For data which affect more than one department, such as GDP or balance-of-payments figures, good sources include the central bank or a central statistical agency, such as the Commerce Department in the U.S.

There are several well-known organizations and sites that have aggregated and listed links to the websites of these offices, making the job of finding them much easier.

To access the full WDI, visit the World DataBankDescriptions are searchable by Country, by Topics and by Indicators.

Latin America
Japan
International organizations publish various national and international data, frequently in standardized or semi-standardized form, within a few weeks of their original release. Key sources include the IMF, the OECD, the Bank for International Settlements, the International Finance Corporation, OPEC, and the United Nations.

United Nations
The U.N. pulls together an enormous amount of useful economic, industry, labor, and other international statistical data of potential value for industry research.

TIP UN searching

For U.S.industries, use: SIC or NAICS codes.
For European industries, use: NACE codes.
For Australia and New Zealand, use: ANZSIC.
For Japan, use: JSIC.
For the United Nations, use: ISIC or ISCO.

European Commission
OECD
International Labor Organization
The ILO aggregates labor force surveys from countries around the world and publishes its own labor-related series. These are the key sections to check:
International Monetary Fund
World Bank
The World Bank collects and disseminates statistical data on about 100 nations. These are three of the key pages and URLs to review:

Although the U.S. government publishes numerous sites for business information, the following sites are particularly useful for locating international industry statistics:

US Commercial Service
US International Trade Center
US Dept. of Commerce
Export.gov
U.S. State Dept.
Information for this guide comes from, "Roundup: The Best Sources of International Industry Statistics", The Information Advisor, Vol. 21, No. 12, December 2009.