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Business: Economic Stats

This is a guide to awesome resources for business research FAQs. It also links to resource handouts created for specific business classes taught at WSU.


These sources have been chosen because each of them includes not only current but also historical statistics.

Many of them include both U.S. and international statistics unless otherwise noted.

Citing Your Sources

Aside from citing articles and books, have you ever wondered how to cite a company annual report or an industry report? The reality is, there is no "official" style for citing business sources. However, it is common practice to use adaptations of one of the following citation styles: the American Psychological Association (APA) Style or the Chicago Style. Whichever style you choose, use it consistently for the entire project/paper.

E-Reference (U.S. stats only)

Current and older editions of the Statistical Abstract of the United States are available in print.

Print in the Library

Balance of Payments Statistics Yearbook (IMF)  Dunbar Ref Bookcase 3, HF1014 .I6

CRB Commodity Yearbook  Dunbar Ref Bookcase 3, HF1041 .C56 (use Mergent Archives for online version)

Direction of Trade Statistics Yearbook  Dunbar Periodicals, HF91 .I65

Government Finance Statistics Yearbook (IMF)  Dunbar 3rd Floor, HJ101 .G68

International Financial Statistics Yearbook (IMF)  Dunbar Ref Bookcase 3, HG61 .I57

International Trade Statistics Yearbook (UN)  Dunbar Ref Bookcase 3, HF91 .U473

National Accounts Statistics. Main Aggregates and Detailed Tables (UN)  Dunbar Ref Bookcase 3, HC79 .I5U53

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