Worldscope – company accounts data definitions
Worldscope describes itself as “the financial industry’s premier source of detailed financial statement data and profile data on public companies domiciled outside the United States of America. It also contains complete coverage of US companies filing with the Securities Exchange Commission, with the exception of closed end investment companies.” (Worldscope Data Definitions Guide (Issue 9) 2010, p 24)
Worldscope takes company accounts and related data to complete global templates designed to facilitate comparisons between companies both within and across national boundaries. Details of the Worldscope methodology and the defintions of the data items (datatypes) is given in the definitions document.
Worldscope Data Definitions Guide (Issue 9) November 2010 is available:
- via Datastream (Demo- http://screencast.com/t/DSLVcrAyxpY)
- via Datastream Extranet (similar to via Datastream)
- in the folder Database Manuals\Worldscope when using the database PCs in the Eddie Davies Library.
Perhaps the most important thing to remember when using Wordscope is to check whether real data is available for the companies and years being studied. Worldscope defines a large number of data items but some may only be available for companies in specific countries, or collection of the data item may only have started recently.
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