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The City Business Library subscribes to specialist resources containing reports and statistics in both print and electronic formats on goods and services markets in the UK and countries worldwide. You can use all of these resources in the Library free of charge.

Database Training Sessions

Learn how to create B2B contacts lists, find competitor data or research market sectors in our one hour hands-on training sessions. See our seminars and events for course dates.

Electronic resources

COBRA (Complete Business Reference Adviser) is specifically aimed at small businesses in the UK and includes information on products and services not covered by other databases, such as wedding services and childcare. UK Market Synopsis reports include a market summary, recent trends and developments, government initiatives and/or regulations, and key sources of information. It also provides useful guidance including; writing business plans, applying for funding and preparing budgets. Remote access available to library members.

European Newsstream allows you to search for news articles on your sector and contains over 430 newspaper titles with full text, including all UK national newspapers. Remote access available to library members.

Global Trade Tracker gives detailed import and export statistics derived from official national or international agencies. Statistics are available for over 95 countries.

IBISWorld has extensive coverage of 400 sectors in the UK. A typical report includes information on market size, buying behaviour, the major trends, a SWOT or PEST analysis and mini profiles of lead companies in each industry.

MarketLine Advantage allows searching by industries, geographies and companies worldwide. Industry reports include sections on market size and market segmentation, a detailed analysis of the industry and information on the leading companies, including SWOT analysis. It also includes Market Data Analytics: historical statistics for up to ten years and forecasts for up to five years for beverages; food; household products; news and magazines; personal care; pet care; and tobacco. Remote access available to library members.

Passport (Euromonitor) provides market reports on consumer and industrial sectors for 30 countries. A typical report includes market size, market sectors, market shares, consumer profiles, company profiles, distribution, market forecasts and sector forecasts. It also provides economic, demographic and marketing statistics on countries and their consumer lifestyles, along with forecasts.

Statista provides international statistics on markets and demographics.

Printed resources

Key resources include:

Oxford Business Group annual reports covering 17 sectors in 40 emerging economies, featuring interviews with key political and economic decision makers.

Newspapers and business periodicals: there is a selection of newspapers, business and trade periodicals in the Library.

We hold publications produced by trade bodies which contain market data and statistics.