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.
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.