Overseas Company Information

Use the following resources to find information about Overseas Companies.

Selected Directories

Keyword search for directories using the country or industry, and directories.  Narrow the search to businesses by using the keyword commerce e.g.china commerce directorieswine directories. Or use one of the major publications listed here...

Journals and Newspapers

You can also access many more Business Newspapers or search for articles using our electronic resources.

Electronic Databases

There are a number of electronic resources available for business research in the State Library. Search results from these resources may be printed; downloaded to a thumb drive or CD-ROM;  or emailed your own computer (subject to the licence agreements and software functionality of individual databases).   These databases are particularly useful for company research:

  • Business Source Premier (EBSCOHost)
    Contains information from the international business literature relating to all aspects of business and industry. It includes full text articles, industry reports and company profiles.

Our Databases from Home service provides access to resources that can help you with business research.  All you need is your public library card number and you can begin accessing a world of information from your home computer.

Other Selected Information Resources

Professional Associations

Trade and professional associations are useful contacts for finding information about smaller, especially private companies, which may not have got much attention in the media. Resources which list associations in various subject or industry fields include: 

Internet Sources

Government  Websites 

  • Companies House
    All companies in the United Kingdom must register and report information such as shareholders, directors and annual accounts with Companies House. Their database of company names and addresses is searchable Monday - Saturday, 7am - 12 midnight UK time. Fees are charged for some information.

  • EDGAR Database of Corporate Information
    EDGAR is the USA Securities and Exchange Commission's free database of electronic documents filed by companies, including form 10-K annual reports. 

 Special Interest Groups

  • Corporatewatch
    Corporate Watch is a consumer activist organisation that specialises in gathering corporate information, focusing on multinationals. Their website has an excellent 'resources'section enabling a search by company, industry or issue.

Selected Websites

  • Annualreports.com
    A free service offering access to a range of recent US company annual reports. Links to similar international sites (eg CAROL: Company Annual Reports On Line for the UK) are also given.

  • CAROL Company Annual Reports Online 
    Company Information for Europe and USA. Information is free but you will need to register.

  • Corporate Information
    This site links to over 350,000 company profiles on other sites (including Wright Investors' Service) and also offers company research reports and brief profiles of industry sectors in particular countries.

  • Gary Price's List of Lists
    A comprehensive listing of links to business-related rankings (eg: top companies in particular fields) available on the web.

  • Hoovers Online
    Capsule summaries of financial and contact information for over 14,000 public and private companies are available free; more detailed information is available to subscribers.

  • Kompass
    Provides access to company and product/services data worldwide.

  • World Federation of Exchanges
    This site lists stock exchanges worldwide; stock exchange websites in turn may provide stock quotes and links to websites, news and announcements from listed companies.
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