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The Library holds the major British government statistical series, eg: Economic trends, Family spending (formerly Family expenditure survey), Living in Britain (formerly General household survey), New earnings survey, Regional trends, United Kingdom balance of payments ("pink book"), United Kingdom national accounts ("blue book"). Most of these series are now also available online via the Office for National Statistics website.
In addition, there are many statistical series for specific subject areas, eg agriculture, construction, insurance, housing, tourism, health. These will be found on the catalogue (normally shelved as periodicals), or online via the Office for National Statistics website.
Office for National Statistics
The Office for National Statistics is the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics and is responsible for collecting and publishing statistics related to the economy, population and society at national, regional and local level.
Historical Data - UK
The UK Historical Data repository has been developed jointly by the Bank of England, ESCoE and the Office for National Statistics. The site is both a repository of historical UK data and relevant statistical publications, as well as a hub that links to other data websites and sources. The focus is on macroeconomic and financial market data but the site includes a range of disaggregated economic data at a sector, industry and regional level.
European official statistics are available on the Eurostat website.
There are also statistics produced by international organisations, eg OECD Economic surveys by country, IMF International financial statistics, IMF Direction of trade statistics, UN International trade statistics yearbook, WTO International trade statistics, FAO yearbook - production, FAO yearbook -trade, OECD Monthly statistics of international trade, UN World investment reports and National accounts - OECD countries. As well as print copies in the Library, many of these are available from the organisations' own website or via the UK Data Service.
Here are some useful sources:
Provides quantitative data and statistics on over 80,000 topics from more than 22,500 sources.
UK Data Service
Key economic and social data, both quantitative and qualitative.