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Sources for international statistics

A listing of sources for global and regional statistics and data.

Sources for economic data

Bank for International Settlements
International financial statistics including data on:

  • international banking
  • international and domestic securities markets
  • over-the-counter and exchange-traded derivatives markets
  • effective exchange rate (EER) indices
  • foreign exchange markets
  • external debt
  • payment and settlement systems
  • residential property, commercial property and land price indices.

International Monetary Fund
The IMF produces time series data on exchange rates and other economic and financial indicators. Its World Economic Outlook Databases includes statistics for:

  • GDP growth
  • inflation
  • unemployment
  • payments balances
  • exports and imports
  • external debt
  • capital flows
  • commodity prices.

UK Trade Info
Statistics provided by HMRC on overseas and regional trade. Figures are accessible through databases or via a selection of monthly and quarterly prepared tables. Tables include:

  • total value of imports and arrivals
  • total value of exports and dispatches
  • top 20 products monthly
  • top 25 trading partners monthly
  • top 30 products quarterly
  • top 50 countries quarterly.

UnctadStat
The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development compiles a large number of quarterly and annual data tables on:

  • international trade trends
  • trade by partner and product
  • international trade indicators
  • market access
  • national accounts
  • balance of payments
  • exchange rates
  • foreign direct investment
  • external financial resources
  • migrants' remittances
  • development assistance
  • external debt
  • population and labour force
  • commodities
  • creative economy
  • information economy.

World Trade Organisation
Access the WTO's annual International Trade Statistics publication, comprehensive tariff data, quarterly and monthly data and a statistics database.

General sources

Eurostat
Data collated by the European Commission, including EU Policy Indicators and a wide variety of statistics by theme covering:

  • general and regional statistics
  • economy and finance
  • population and social conditions
  • industry, trade and services
  • agriculture and fisheries
  • external trade
  • transport
  • environment and energy
  • science and technology.

OECD
The OECD provides a wealth of data on a huge range of topics. Datasets can be browsed by keyword and theme through OECD StatExtracts. Databases, key tables and the OECD Factbook can also be accessed from the OECD iLibrary.

United Nations Statistics Division
Comprehensive statistical database giving access to trade, demographic and economic data. Plus the UN Statistical Yearbook, World Statistics Pocketbook and Monthly Bulletin of Statistics.

World Bank Data
Statistics by country and by topic covering a wide range of indicators on economic factors, population, environment and development. These include:

  • energy and mining
  • financial sector
  • infrastructure
  • labour and social protection
  • private sector
  • public sector
  • science and technology.

Finding more sources of statistics

Economics Network
A listing, with useful descriptions, of economic data freely available online. The Economics Network is based at the University of Bristol and supports university teachers of economics.

OFFSTATS: Official Statistics on the Web
Portal managed by the University of Auckland Library listing official sources of statistics by region, subject and country. Comprehensive and useful.

National statistical offices
The European Commission provides links and contact details for governmenal statistical agencies in EU member states, EFTA countries, candidate countries and several non-European territories.

International statistical agencies
The US Census Bureau provides links to governmental statistical agencies across the world.

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