Searching for data?

Try this new beta version search engine, Zanran,  which specifically searches for good quality data and statistics:

This is what Zanran say about their search engine:

“Zanran helps you to find ‘semi-structured’ data on the web. This is the numerical data that people have presented as graphs and tables and charts. For example, the data could be a graph in a PDF report, or a table in an Excel spreadsheet, or a barchart shown as an image in an HTML page. This huge amount of information can be difficult to find using conventional search engines, which are focused primarily on finding text rather than graphs, tables and bar charts.  Put more simply: Zanran is Google for data.”

Remember there are also useful links to scholarly sources of data and statistics on the Swansea University Information Services & Systems website at

Retail sales – growth continues to slow in September

Year on year, the volume of retail sales in September was 0.5 per cent higher than in September 2009. Predominantly food stores decreased by 2.3 per cent while predominantly non-food stores increased by 3.8 per cent.  To see the full report visit the Office of National Statistics webpages.

Official Statistics on the Web – worldwide

One of the best starting point for statistical sources by country, topic or subject.

This service includes sources offering free and easily accessible social, economic and general data from official or similar “quotable” sources, especially those that provide both current data and time series.

In the country lists, these are mainly web pages provided by statistical offices, central banks and government departments and agencies, whereas the topics list is comprised of links to the statistics pages of international organizations and associations and a few commercial sites.

For more links to online statistics, try this excellent website from Karen Blakeman: