You will find many sources of statistics and data on the internet. It is important to assess websites with regard to how the data has been gathered and how it has been interpreted. The following sources are useful starting points.
Statista is a Google-like search tool for market research and statistics with facts and figures easily displayed in charts and graphs. It provides access to more than one million statistics, ready to use in PPT, XLS and PNG format.
• Access to 1 million statistics - ready to use in PPT, XLS and PNG formats.
• PowerPoint dossiers on 3000 of the most searched-for topics such as online gaming, e-commerce, car sharing and organic food markets.
• Five year revenue forecasts on 42 countries and 400 industries.
• Industry reports (USA-focused) including SWOT analyses and forecasts.
Market reports for consumer, industrial and service sectors worldwide. It gives market data for consumer products and includes country profiles, statistics, consumer lifestyle, country and business environment (risk) reports. (Not compatible with Microsoft Edge browser.)
• Countries: profiles (demographic, economic, political) and business dynamics
reports including SWOT analyses.
• Companies: profiles, market share and brand share rankings.
• Lifestyle statistics: reports on 76 countries detailing consumer habits and lifestyles.
• Updated analysis: daily industry and country news.
• Statistics: international macro-economic and demographic data.
A major resource for UK government, international and longitudinal socio-economic data.
Coverage includes the British Crime Survey, British Household Panel Survey, General Household Survey, Labour Force Survey and the World Bank's data.
Further content includes the British Cohort Study, International Social Survey Programme, Millennium Cohort Study, National Statistics Time Series and statistics from the IMF and IEA (International Energy Agency).
To access some data, you need to log in/register with UK Data Service. Some datasets restrict access e.g. where commercial usage might be sought, permission could be required or sponsoring organisations may vet publications.
Archive of international social sciences data; to change the language, click the English/Espagnol tab
The site also links to various data collections including Afrobarometer, East-Asian Barometer and Globalbarometer (covering comparative surveys from 55 countries). In each of these collections, you can retrieve data via the 'select study' option.
The ICRG Researcher's Dataset - Table 3B provides annual averages of the components of ICRG's Political Risk Ratings (Table 3B), as published in the International Country Risk Guide since 1984. Average ratings are provided for all countries covered by ICRG from 1984 through the last full calendar year.
This is a freely available database widely used in economic research which provides information on relative levels of income, output, input and productivity. Covers 182 countries between 1950 and 2014.
Current and historical coverage of data for international companies dating back to the 1960s. It includes company accounts and ratios, equity and capital market data, interest and exchange rate data, plus economic and industrial statistics.
Important: this is accessible only via specific computers with the correct software.
(Not compatible with Microsoft Edge browser.) Market reports for consumer, industrial and service sectors worldwide. It gives market data for consumer products and includes country profiles, statistics, consumer lifestyle, country and business environment (risk) reports.
Financial database of global banks and sovereign macroeconomic data. You will need an individual username and password to access FitchConnect.
To request access please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, University of Bath email address, department and programme. Your name and email address will be passed to Fitch who will then contact you with your username and password.
Annual commodity trade statistics provided by UN countries. Organised by commodity and partner country and processed into a standard format/valuation. All values are converted into US dollars - data coverage of some countries' data from 1962 onwards.