Business data

Sources of data and statistics related to business and government

Australian Bureau of Statistics

The Australian Bureau of Statistics: great data, but I find it hard to navigate around the site to find what I need.

Last reviewed 16 September 2007

BBC News Business

The BBC News Business site is one of the best, perhaps because the BBC has discovered that there are more than 3 countries in the world.

Last reviewed 17 September 2007

Business data from US federal agencies

The Business Data and Statistics portal at provides links to business-related statistics available from several US federal agencies.

Last reviewed 17 September 2007

CIA World Factbook

Need the population of Peru? The CIA’s World Factbook is kept up to date and is a great source of information.

Last reviewed 16 September 2007

Demographics, economics, social indicators and national accounts from the UN

Data compiled by the United Nations Statistics Division and presented in its Statistical Databases. Includes trade statistics, population data and national accounts data.

Last reviewed 16 September 2007

Deutsche Welle

Deutsche Welle: a Euro-perspective of the news in English.

Last reviewed 21 October 2007

The Economist, my favourite news magazine. The site offers lots of current news articles and analysis free to non-subscribers, and more if you subscribe.

Last reviewed 16 September 2007

List of world leaders from the CIA

The site you need when you just can’t remember the name of the Finance Minister in Kazakhstan.

Last reviewed 19 October 2007

OECD Statistics Portal

The OECD’s Statistics Portal provides links to all OECD’s online statistics.

Last reviewed 15 September 2007

OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy

Proceedings from the first OECD World Forum on "Statistics, Knowledge and Policy" from Gapminder.

Papers and presentations from the Second OECD World Forum on “Statistics, Knowledge and Policy”, Measuring and Fostering the Progress of Societies in June 2007 are at OECD

Last reviewed 20 October 2007

Purchasing Power of money in the US from 1774 to 2007 and other data sets

Using the US CPI, work out, for example, how much you would have needed in, say, 1957 to have the same purchasing power as $100 in 1900. (The answer: $345.82.) has lots of calculators and data sets: $US and UK Pound exchange rates from 1791, long-term interest rates in the UK since 1729, the Gold/Silver price ratio since 1687.

Last reviewed 8 February 2008

US Census data

The US Census Bureau offers data from the 1990 and 2000 US censuses and from annual surveys and estimates.

Last reviewed 16 September 2007

Weekly economic indicators from The Economist

The Economist (my favourite business news mag!) provides weekly economic indicators online, even if you’re not a subscriber. Try out the screensaver from the Economist, too.

Last reviewed 16 September 2007