Nonofficial sources of data

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There are also many non-government sources of data published by a variety of bodies: trade associations, banks, academic institutions, the trade and professional press, newspapers, and surveys produced by commercial research organisations. Some of these are shown in Table 3.3.


Useful sources of information provided by commercial organisations


Useful sources of information provided by commercial organisations

ADMAP (monthly)

Covers all advertising media with regular analyses of advertising expenditures by product categories and media

BLA Group: Market Assessment (bi-monthly)

Home, office and leisure sectors in the UK


Useful sources of information provided by commercial organisations (continued )


Useful sources of information provided by commercial organisations (continued )

British Rate and Data (BRAD)

Detailed information on newspapers, magazines, television and other advertising media

Euromonitor: Market Research Europe (bi-monthly)

Studies of specific markets

Euromonitor: Market Research Great Britain (monthly)

Studies of specific markets

Financial Times: Business Information Service

Business intelligence service: national and international commerce and industry data. Brand shares, advertising expenditure, production, imports and exports

Keynotes Reports

Consumer and industrial market sizes and trends

Kompass Directory

Provides information on firms in different industries and also geographically. Available for the UK, Europe and elsewhere. Useful for identifying competitors

Kompass On-line

Provides company names and addresses for thousands of firms throughout Europe, along with other pertinent information about the companies

Marketing in Europe (monthly)

Specific aspects of markets

Market Research Society Yearbook

Mainly useful for providing comprehensive lists of organisations providing market research services in Britain

Media Expenditure Analysis (MEAL)

Advertising expenditure across media types

Mintel Market Intelligence Reports (monthly)

Reports on consumer products

Retail Business (monthly)

Specific aspects of markets

Retail Intelligence (Mintel) (quarterly)

Special studies of various market sectors

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