Finding country information using the library resources is fairly easy. Some of our key business resources (e.g. BMI Research, MarketLine, and Passport) all provide access to country reports and profiles offering a detailed analysis of a country’s business environment, PESTLE, and key economic indicators. However, sometimes your research will require you to drill-down to city or regional level.

Here we introduce two of our best resources for finding city and regional data.


You may already be familiar with the Country Reports available from MarketLine, however what you might not know is that the resource also contains many City Profiles. Each City Profile includes a PEST Analysis, plus an insight into the business environment, travel and tourism, construction and real estate, and retail markets.

To search for a City Profile, on the MarketLine homepage, enter the name of a city in the search box, and select ‘Cities’ from the drop-down box.

Also available in MarketLine, is the City Statistics database, a databank of key socio and macroeconomic indicators for more than 1,950 cities. The tool allows you to easily analyse and compare cities, and download key data and forecasts. Data on the economy, demographics, employment, and household and income are all available.

From the MarketLine homepage, under the heading ‘Browse by…’, click on ‘Databases’ and then choose ‘City Statistics’ from the list.

You can then use the data tool to select your geography/city and indicators. Use the + icon to expand categories, and the arrow icon to make your selections.

Click on ‘Display Options’ on the right-hand side to make any changes you require, including the time series and chart type.

Click on the Export button to save the data or chart in a variety of formats.

BMI Research

Your second port of call for drilling down to regional level is BMI Research.

To get started, select the ‘Data Tool’ from the ‘Data & Forecasting’ tab on the top right-hand-side of the BMI interface.

To select your geography, use the + icons where available, to open further sub-menus to drill-down to regional or state level.

Select each of the countries or regions you require using the check-boxes

Next click on ‘Indicator’ to select the specific macroeconomic data you require. As before use the + icon to open the sub-menus and make your selections using the check-boxes.

Finally, select the data frequency, and then choose your download option – ‘Raw Data’ (Excel) or ‘Display Data’ (table or chart).

The default chart format is a line chart. Click on ‘Format’ to make any changes you require – including chart type, colours, axes, etc.

Click on ‘Export’ to save your chart and/or table as an image file.

If you have any questions about our resources, feel free to contact MIRC or the Kings Norton Library.

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