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will help you find quarterly/monthly historical data for 45-912: Business Forecasting
Databases to use
International Financial Statistics
Includes this and all other databases from the International Monetary fund. Time series data used in economic analysis.
OECD iLibrary Statistics
Multiple international datasets from the OECD, covering all topics: agriculture, health, economics, patents, R&D, migration, telecommunication, etc., plus all energy industry data from the IEA.
Thousands of time series datasets in economics from 1982 to the present, for the US, Canada, Australia and the UK.
WRDS (Wharton Research Data Services)
(will ask for your email address first) a uniform web interface to current and historical datasets in finance, economics and banking, from multiple sources. Some of those are: Standard & Poor’s Compustat, the Center for Research in Security Prices (CRSP,) Mergent, Dow Jones, the Federal Reserve, and the Chicago Board of Options Exchange.
FRED - Economic Data from the Federal Reserve
527,000 economic data time series from 87 national, international, public, and private sources, along with tools for interaction, display, and dissemination.
Bureau of Economic Analysis
US production, consumption, investment, exports/imports, income and saving, industry input-output accounts, foreign direct investment and balance of payments, etc.
Bureau of Labor Statistics
prices, employment, pay, productivity, etc.
Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories and Orders (detailed product listing)
monthly data from 1958 on economic conditions in the domestic manufacturing sector.
Bank for International Settlements
international banking, derivatives, securities, exchange rates, debt, etc.
Commodity prices from the World Bank
monthly prices back to 1960 for over 70 commodities - see box in lower left
National Bureau for Economic Research
many historical datasets of all kinds used by the NBER, such as "the 1947-2005 quarterly job flow series for US Manufacturing."
International Economic Statistics (St.Louis Fed)
worldwide economic indicators, linking to original sources.
Links to central banks for each country
which often have a statistical section for economic and financial data