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Market research and company information

Market research and  company information can often be found together.

Key databases

  • MarketLine Advantage 
    A dynamic platform featuring:  Coverage of 33,000+ companies, 5,000+ industry Profiles and 110 Country Profiles, all updated annually; Country Statistics Database covering 215 countries and 46 political and geographic groupings; Company Analysis Tools - an interactive suite of four tools covering 400,000 companies; 300,000+ financial deals related to companies and industries tracked by MarketLine with updates added daily; 330+ company-focused Case Studies with new titles added monthly.
  • Business Source Premier
    Business Source Premier is a great resource for all types of business-related literature including journal articles, market research reports, country reports, company profiles, industry profiles and SWOT analyses. In addition to the general search, the Business Searching Interface allows you to browse and search within these distinct collections.

Free online resources:

Many companies now put their annual reports on their own website. However, the following sites also provide links to various annual reports.

  • Northcote. A gateway to UK companies' annual reports on the Internet.
  • Worldwide annual reports searchable by keyword, or browsable by exchange, industry or sector.
  • Allows you to request annual reports for selected companies. Some reports are available in electronic format, print reports will be posted out to you.
  • Companies House. Records of all UK private and public companies. You can access two on-line databases free of charge. (a) List of disqualified directors (b) company name & address index, (with basic company information).
  • Company Spotlight. This service provides you with access to annual reports and other information on selected companies.
  • Dun and Bradstreet. Leading providers of business information. A free business directory is available located on the left-hand side of the home page. 
  • EDGAR. U.S. companies are required to file registration statements, and periodic reports through EDGAR (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission). You can access and download the information free of charge from the database.
  • Europages. A European business directory listing 500,000 companies in 33 European countries. You can search the directory by product or service, by company name or business sector.
  • Kompass. The Kompass web site provides information on 1.5 million companies, 23 million services / products and 400,000 trade and brand names in over 60 countries. Search by product or company details. Kompass is an excellent source of information particularly in the area of trade and brand names