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Volume 14, No.8 - August 2010
Publications and websites
World Statistics Pocketbook
The United Nations World Statistics Pocketbook 2009 is an authoritative and comprehensive compilation of over 50 key statistical indicators in convenient country profile format. This edition presents available data from 216 countries and areas, from over 20 international statistical sources, generally for the years 2000, 2005 and 2008.
The topics covered include: balance of payments, communication, education and culture, environment, health, industrial production, international trade, labour force, largest urban agglomeration, national accounts, population, refugees, surface area, United Nations membership, etc. The notes on the sources and definitions of the indicators are provided to help users perform further research on the statistics.
For more information: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/pocketbook/
Monthly Bulletin of Statistics and MBS Online
The Monthly Bulletin of Statistics presents current economic and social statistics for more than 200 countries and territories of the world. It contains over 50 tables of monthly and/or annual and quarterly data on a variety of subjects illustrating important economic trends and developments, including population, prices, employment and earnings, energy, manufacturing, transport, construction, international merchandise trade and finance.
Vol. LXIV – No. 6, June 2010
Quarterly and bimonthly features in this issue:
8. Retail price indices relating to living expenditures of United Nations officials
12a. Earnings in non-agricultural activities, by sex (new)
18. Fuel imports, developed economies: unit value and volume indices; value
19. Indicators on fuel imports, developed economies
30. Registration of new motor vehicles
37. External trade conversion factors
39. Manufactured goods exports: unit value indices, volume indices and value
51. Selected series of world statistics
For more information: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/mbs
Demographic Yearbook 2007
This Yearbook is the fifty-ninth in a series published by the United Nations since1948. It contains general tables including a world summary of selected demographic statistics, statistics on the size, distribution and trends in national populations, natality, foetal mortality, infant and maternal mortality, general mortality, nuptiality and divorce. Data are shown by urban/rural residence, up to and including 2007 data, as available.
In addition, the volume provides technical notes, a synoptic table, a historical index and a listing of the issues of the Yearbook published to date. This and all the previous issues of the Demographic Yearbook contain data on a wide range of topics that make it possible to conduct various in-depth analysis and international comparisons.
For more information: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/products/dyb/dybcens.htm
National Accounts Statistics: Analysis of Main Aggregates, 2008
This thirty-ninth issue of this publication presents a series of analytical national accounts tables from more than 200 countries and areas in the world. It has been prepared by the Statistics Division in cooperation with the national statistical offices. The publication offers, in the form of analytical tables, a summary of the principal national accounts aggregates as provided by countries and supplemented with estimates prepared by the Statistics Division. The tables of the publication include analysis of data on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by different structural components, for example, by type of expenditure, kind of economic activity, major area, region and country as well as per capita and as growth rates.
For more information: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/pubs/gesgrid.asp?id=422
UN COMTRADE: Free download of trade data
UN Comtrade was established in the early 1960s. For almost fifty years, it has provided a wealth of trade information to policy makers, business community, research institutions and the general public. It stores standardized official annual trade statistics reported by countries and reflecting international merchandise flows detailed by commodity and partner country with coverage reaching up to 99 percent of world merchandise trade.
With immediate effect, DESA’s Statistics Division is pleased to announce that free unlimited access will be available for all users through free downloading services. For technical reasons, a download limit of 50,000 data records per query is currently necessary. Registered institutional users from developing countries will be provided with special arrangements on the free access to and unrestricted use of trade data.
For more information: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/comtrade_announcement.htm