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IMPORTANT: Please note that business and news databases are licenced for education and research purposes only and cannot be used for University business.
Find company information
We have a wide range of company and financial databases to help you research businesses in the UK and around the world. Most of the databases have useful guides and videos to help you to get started. The databases are grouped by type in this guide, but you can also see the A-Z of all Library databases.
Provided by Dunn and Bradstreet, this is a user-friendly source of information on 120 million companies. IMPORTANT: Please note that business and news databases are licenced for education and research purposes only and cannot be used for University business.
It offers financial and executive details plus a description of activities and competitors of public, private, and government-run enterprises. Graphs and charts allow users to quickly view and understand company trends and compare with competitors. It includes up to 10 years of historical financials, downloadable family trees, SWOT analyses and business triggers and signals (to spot business opportunities.)
An emerging markets platform providing company, country and industry intelligence. It includes 9,000 local news sources, private/public company data, industry reports from global and local providers and complex analytical tools to monitor, screen and analyse trends, risks and forecasts.
Features reports from Euromonitor, Mintel, BMI, Economist Intelligence Unit, Marketline, S&P, Oxford Economics and D&B.
• Companies: 4.9 million private and public emerging market company profiles.
• Industries: EMIS covers 250 different industries throughout the emerging markets.
• Countries: Data covers 125 emerging markets.
• M&A: more than 139,000 M&A deals along with proprietary research, valuations and forecasts.
World-wide industry reports, news and analysis, company and country profiles, Porter's Five Forces, PESTLE and SWOT analyses.
Marketline includes these additional databases:
• City Statistics
Analyse and compare the world’s most important cities. Features comprehensive data and forecasts of key socio and macroeconomic indicators for more than 3000 cities, spread across Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa, North America, and South and Central America.
• Company Prospector
Screen 102,959 companies and build lists of potential business partners, clients, and investment targets in industries and countries of interest.
• Company Report Generator
Generate fresh custom company reports featuring analytical text and charts which draw on MarketLine's company datasets. Example sections include company overview, history, SWOT analysis, M&A, partnerships and agreements, news and product information.
• Country Statistics
Conduct quick and easy comparative analysis of macroeconomic and industry drivers for over 200 countries. Features comprehensive data and forecasts including detailed coverage of consumer demographics, incomes, and expenditures. Key indicator forecasts include GDP, inflation, exchange rates, investment, trade, population, and labour market.
• Financial Deals Tracker
Track market activity with MarketLine's database of global mergers and acquisitions (M&A), private equity deals, venture finance deals, private placements, IPOs, and partnerships.
• Investment and Advisory Prospector
Identify advisory and investment firms operating in specific industries, and gain insight into the investment and inorganic strategy of companies.
• Market Data Analytics
A unique online information service providing comprehensive data across global food, drinks personal care household products, pet care, news and magazine and tobacco markets.
Mergent Online offers global company financials, descriptions, history, subsidiaries, bonds, officers and directors. Powerful intuitive search capabilities combined with an easy to use interface, access to risk ratings, credit information and recommendations. Includes Investext reports.
Nexis provides access to international company information such as company directories, annual reports, market surveys, financial information and detailed company profiles for a range of countries and regions of the world.
News coverage includes the Financial Times from 1982 with a 30 day embargo. Note that the FT is not in the UK newspapers group search (filter) in the Power Search.
Contains up to 30 years of detailed, standardised, financial accounts and ratings of listed companies, banks and insurance companies from 140 countries. IMPORTANT: Please note that business and news databases are licenced for education and research purposes only and cannot be used for University business.
The information includes income statements, balance sheets, cash-flow statements, stock data and ratios. It is an ideal tool for comparison and analysis, including peer and statistical analyses and time series searching.
Passport (from Euromonitor) provides concise profiles of leading companies and brand and market share data.
• 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.
Contains up to 20 years of financial information on private and public companies in UK and Ireland, and includes profiles, directors, subsidiaries and detailed financials. IMPORTANT: Please note that business and news databases are licenced for education and research purposes only and cannot be used for University business.
Companies are ranked within peer groups and searchable by region and activity. Results are presented as graphs and downloadable to Excel.
CSMAR is a comprehensive database of China’s stock returns, covering all companies listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange and the Shenzhen Stock exchange. Access data on the China stock markets and the financial statements of China’s listed companies.
● 15 types of changes in shares outstanding, including IPO, listing of seasoned new issue and listing of re-allotment shares
● Financial statements (quarterly, semi-annually, annually)
● Stock market trading (daily and monthly return, shares outstanding)
● Closed-end fund and open-end fund
● Corporate Governance
● Mergers and Acquisitions
● Initial Public Offering
● Shareholders’ Research
● Coverage from 1990
A comprehensive database of financial data, news and analytics for banking and insurance companies globally. Includes sovereign macroeconomic, risk and ratings data.
Both staff and students are welcome to use the helpdesk provided by S&P. Link to the help section using the ? in the top right hand side of the database. Follow the links to 'email questions' and see the telephone number for immediate help.
Our specialised financial databases enable you to find current and historical financial data on companies and markets. Some require additional usernames and passwords so please refer to the help links which will provide you with the guidance you need. The databases are grouped by type in this guide, but you can also see the A-Z of all Library databases.
This multi-currency investment analysis platform provides access to investments in indexes, equities, hedge funds, segregated accounts, open-end funds, closed-end funds, insurance/pension/life and exchange traded funds. Access is provided via a desktop application that must be downloaded to your personal Windows laptop.
For each investment, there is information on performance, operations, portfolio holdings, and risk measurements. Download the desktop version to your personal laptop or PC for full functionality.
Includes M&A deals, private equity and Investext reports. The Investext reports provide active and historical research available from over 1,600 brokerages, investment banks and independent research firms around the globe (including Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank and J.P.Morgan).
Provides access to a range of third party financial research data via a web interface. Our subscribed databases include the following: Audit Analytics; BoardEx; Compustat; CRSP; CSMAR*; CUSIP; Daily TAQ; LSPD; Markit; Mergent FISD; OptionMetrics IvyDB US and IvyDB Europe and Thomson-Reuters LPC DealScan.
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*Note that CSMAR is available via WRDS (in a limited form) but that the online version of CSMAR provides access to the complete database.
You must register before you can use WRDS. Please note that the database is not available to undergraduates.