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 DataBank. Descriptions are searchable by Country, by Topics and by Indicators.
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.
Although the U.S. government publishes numerous sites for business information, the following sites are particularly useful for locating international industry statistics: