:: International Business

A selective listing of online resources.

International Business — General Sources

VIBES: Virtual International Business & Economic Sources

Provides global, regional, and national listings of over 2,800 links to internet sources of international business and economic information that are in English. Includes links to full-text files of recent articles and research reports, statistical tables and other Meta sources. Can search by nation, (Argentina), Region (one continent such as Africa), or a comprehensive search covering all parts of the world

International Address & Salutations

International business address formats and personal salutations condensed from “Merriam Webster's Guide to International Business Communications."

Country Guides to Doing Business

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu International Tax and Business Guides

DTT Country Snapshots provide an at-a-glance summary of key economic indicators, business and financing climate, tax regimes, trade and investment matters, labour environment for 60 of the world's leading trading nations.

Lex Mundi: Guides to Doing Business

Lex Mundi, the world's leading association of independent law firms, provides access to over 130 Guides to Doing Business for Countries, States, or Provinces. Legal slant.

International Companies

Bureau van Diijk Electronic Publishing

Provides financial information on banks/insurance companies, private companies (predominantly European and Japanese), and public companies worldwide. Includes detailed company reports on 7 million European companies, 25,000 listed companies, 11,000 banks, and 5,000 insurance companies worldwide. Also profiles the top 1.4 million U.S. companies, statistical databases, directories, and technical, legal and bibliographical databases.

Corporate Information

Search for company profiles from Wrights, Zach’s, Yahoo Finance, and many other publishers. Also find a wealth of information for industries, countries, and international companies. Scroll down for: Research a Company, Research a Country, Research a Country's Industry, Research a U.S. State, Research Exchange Rates, and Research the Top Ten. Requires free registration.


Business Directory of 500,000 companies in 30 countries. Searchable by product or service, company name, activity or sector.

Thomas Global

Directory of worldwide industrial product information, allows you to search for over 600,000 industrial suppliers in over 11,000 product classifications. Companies from over 28 countries are included. Free registration.

Global Edge

This site leads to news and magazine articles relating to international trade, and many regional or country specific information sites. Sections include Country Insights which provides current information on the business climate, news, history, political structure, economic landscape, and relevant statistical data for 196 countries.

The International 500

Forbes' annual survey to the list of the largest (revenue) companies based outside the United States. Searchable in a number of ways including name and location. Included in listing are address, phone, a link to their website, and some basic stock and financial information.

CAROL: Company Annual Reports Online

Annual reports for Asian, European and U.S. companies can be found on this free site. Companies are listed by region, then in alphabetical order by name. Excellent source for finding financial information on foreign companies. Free registration.

International Economy & Trade

Tradeport: California Gate to Global Trade

The place to start if you're interested in international trade. Comprehensive information on countries, a California company's database (over 40,000 records), foreign company's database with thousands of records from the National Trade Databank, and much, much more. TradePort is a repository of free information and resources for businesses that seek to conduct international trade to and from California.

Federation of International Trade

Gateway to thousands of sites dealing with international business. Offers a wealth of resources concerning intercultural communication in business. Access to a directory of international trade associations and newsletters regarding international business topics.

International Trade Administration

Government's ultimate link to American Industry. Key links include the U.S. Industry & Trade Outlook, U.S. Industry Sector Data, U.S. Foreign Trade Data, State Export Data, Metropolitan Area Exports, and Reports on U.S. Trade.

International News


Economist.com is the premier online source for the analysis of world business and current affairs, providing authoritative insight and opinion on international news, world politics, business, finance, science and technology, as well as overviews of cultural trends and regular industry, business and country surveys. Economist.com publishes all articles from The Economist print edition (including those printed only in British copies) plus a searchable archive of all The Economist’s articles back to June 1997. Links to other articles and to relevant sources on the web are included with many of the stories.

BBC Business News

Business news from the UK media giant. International in scope, though somewhat slanted towards coverage of companies in Great Britain.

Financial Times

FT.com is the world's leading global business website and is the online partner of the Financial Times. FT.com provides a global perspective of business, finance, politics and economics, as well as lifestyle and the arts. FT.com also offers a wealth of financial data, unique dossiers on key business people and a range of tools to search the Internet and manage a busy workday.

Online Newspapers.com

Thousands of world newspapers at your fingertips. Links to United Kingdom, Europe, South America, Central America, Asia, Middle East, Asia Pacific, Africa, West Indies, South Pacific, and South East Asia.