As the nations of the European Community develop closer commercial ties and the former East Bloc countries move toward capitalist economies, interest is bound to be strong in both public and research libraries for statistical data on the area. It's hard to beat this source for up-to-date information on how Europeans are living, what they are spending money on, and how developed their infrastructures are. The Statistical Yearbook from the United Nations may provide some additional detail in some areas, but this book's ease of use gives it a superior edge. If additional information is needed, addresses of a country's statistical offices are also furnished. Highly recommended.-- C. Christopher Pavek, Putnam, Hayes & Bartlett, Inc. Information Ctr., Washington, D.C.
**** Cited in Sheehy, EMDS is an annual compendium of statistical information on the countries of Western and Eastern Europe, for international marketing planners. The data are presented in spreadsheet form and a number of extrapolated tables are included, as well as graphs, marketing maps and diagrams. The data coverage includes figures from the most recent complete year (1991), as well as a considerable number of 14- and 15-year trendings, which permit the analysis of socio-economic trends over a longer time span as a basis for forecasting. The introduction provides an overview of the European market. Distributed in the US and Canada by Gale. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)