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 Country profiles relevant to international business are not all created equal.  Some emphasize macroeconomic conditions, others concentrate on political and social developments whereas the scope of some reports may be limited to specific sectors.

Doing business reports summarize the salient regulations and conditions that influence doing business in a country such as taxation, labor conditions, trade barriers, corporation law, negotiation norms, and so forth.

 Country Profiles

  Business Source Premier (EBSCO)
Aggregator of reports from Business Monitor International, CountryWatch and IHS Global Insight. Search for target country using the drop down geographic terms and then limit to source type country reports.

  CIA - The World Factbook
Profiles have sections on geography, government, economy, energy, communication, transportation, military, and transnational issues.

  Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)
Country reports have in-depth coverage of the economy and politics with forecasts.

  Global Edge
Free source from Michigan State that restates authoritative country information from reliable sources covering economy, history, government, risk, corporations and culture.

  Mergent Online
Right bottom screen had drop down for country profiles.  Profiles list and provide data tables for economic conditions, top industries, trade, finance, history and geography, people, government, communication, and transportation.

  OECD iLibrary
Reports and studies on energy, environment, employment, education, trade, taxation, finance, and social conditions for OECD countries and selected non-member countries.  Recommended to browse by theme and country.

  Passport Euromonitor
Country and Consumer tab offers reports on the business environment, economy, finance, trade, industry, infrastructure, environment, & communication.  Uniquely strong in terms of reports on consumer lifestyles.

  Political Handbook of the World (Sage/CQ Press)
Comprehensive country profiles chronicling national history, government, and political parties, as well as profiles on intergovernmental organizations, development banks, and the agencies and specialized bodies of the United Nations.

 Doing Business Guides

Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)
Commerce reports are primers to doing business.

HLB International
Guides to doing business from a network of international accounting firms.

Passport Euromonitor
Link to the search tab, check off Business Environment in Countries & Consumers tree, choose geography and limit to reports for Country Briefing.

U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library
Free registration required. Obtain  Country Commercial Guides for overview of doing business.

UHY Doing Business Guides
"Prepared by UHY’s member firms, each ‘Doing Business’ guide covers country specific business information you need to consider should you wish to pursue business interests there".

World Bank Doing Business
Data and reports on business regulation for regions, 189 nations and some subnational entities and cities.

 Country Statistics

China Data Center
Statistical database providing national, provincial, city and regional data series including national accounts, prices, employment, income, industry, foreign trade, agriculture, construction, transportation, telecommunication, and education in monthly and annual time series.

Data-Planet
Search and browse for datasets on topics ranging from banking to criminal justice to economic indicators to health to labor to natural resources and transportation gleaned from government agencies, private exchanges and international organizations. Statistical Datasets supports customized graphing, mapping and even some common statistical functions.

Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU)
Commerce Reports, Country Reports and Market Indicators and Forecasts from the Economist Intelligence Unit offer monthly and annual in depth analysis, data and ratings for the infrastructure, demographics, political scene, domestic economy, foreign trade, including regional and industrial sector breakdowns for over 200 countries.

Eurostat
"Eurostat is the Statistical Office of the European Communities. Its task is to provide the European Union with statistics at European level. By harmonising statistics from the European statistical system (ESS) to a single methodology, the statistics are made comparable"

Global Financial Data
Global Financial Data features historical data on worldwide stock exchanges, bond indices, intraday data, futures data, interest rates, population data, and much more. All data is clearly defined, easy to read, and readily downloadable into Excel.

IHS Global Insight
Provides historical economic and financial data time series and includes access to U.S., regional and global macroeconomic indicators, industrial markets, foods, crops, metals, financials, housing, Federal Funds, price indices and national accounts. To access data, link to DataInsight-Web where you can search by criteria or do a keyword search, browse tables, and download results directly to Excel. Data is gathered from government agencies, private entities and international organizations such as the IMF and OECD, and updated when made available by the source. Access courtesy of the Applied Finance Lab.

IMF eLibrary Data
International Monetary Fund (IMF) statistics on Balance of Payments, International Financial Statistics, Government Finance Statistics and Direction of Trade Statistics. Time series are presented in browsable and searchable tree. Results may be downloaded in a variety of formats.

OECD Statistics

OFFSTATS Official Statistics on the Web
Free directory of links to official statistics on the web searchable by country or topic.

Passport Euromonitor
Use the Market Indicators and Forecasts module for comparable statistics.

United Nations Statistics
Global statistical information on economics, demographic, social indicators, environment, energy and Millennium Development Goals.

World Bank - DataBank
DataBank is an analysis and visualisation tool that contains collections of time series data on a variety of topics. You can create your own queries; generate tables, charts, and maps; and easily save, embed, and share them. A World Bank DataBank tutorial is also available.


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