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  Wednesday, November 24, 2004 Issue 98 Volume 4 Number 24  
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IN THIS ISSUE:
• WAL-MART -- OUR FEATURED COMPANY
• PHONEBOOK OF THE WORLD
• MARKET RESEARCH LIBRARY
• INTERNET RESOURCES FOR BUSINESS JOURNALISTS

Hello International Traders!

According to a recent study, 51 of the top 100 economies in the world are corporations, not countries. These large corporations are a lucrative market for international trade, and I've decided to spotlight some of them in upcoming issues. In this issue, I have a link to the Wal-Mart Web site, where you can find out about selling to this giant buyer of consumer goods. Next, I have a site with links to the best research sites business journalists use. Do you need to find a phone number? I have a site that will help you find phone numbers anywhere in the world. Finally, I have a site with some of the best international market research the U.S. government has to offer -- a must-see if you do any kind of market research.

If you'd like more information about international trade, go to FITA's International Trade/ Import-Export Portal ( http://fita.org ), an excellent source for trade leads, news, events, and a link library of 7,000 sites related to international trade.

WAL-MART -- OUR FEATURED COMPANY

In the third quarter of 2004 Wal-Mart Stores reported record earnings of US $2.29 billion. That's more than the GDP of many of the world's countries. Wal-Mart now has more than 1,500 stores in nine countries, and in some places, like Mexico, it is now the largest private employer. In terms of international trade, Wal- Mart would be China's eighth largest trading partner, if it were a country.

If you sell a product that might work for Wal-Mart, you should go to Wal-Mart Company Information ( http://www.walmart.com/cservice/aw_index.gsp ). This page offers links to all the information you need, including a supplier FAQ (frequently asked questions), a supplier proposal packet, supplier standards, a guide to supplier procedures, and more. There are also links to international Wal-Mart sites ( http://www.walmart.com/catalog/catalog.gsp?cat=163543#2 ), so you can contact local offices about doing business with Wal-Mart operations in those countries.

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PHONEBOOK OF THE WORLD


I still get a big, fat, telephone directory delivered to my house every year, although I hardly ever use it. For a long time now, I've used Web sites to look up phone numbers. It's so easy and quick to type in a name or address and find a phone number that I can't imagine paging through a phone directory anymore. And now it's gotten easier to look up international phone numbers, with Phonebook Of The World.Com ( http://www.phonebookoftheworld.com ) you just click on a section of the world map and then type in the name of the business or person whose number you want to find, and voila! You have the number. It's cheaper, and takes up less space, than a stack of phone directories.

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MARKET RESEARCH LIBRARY

Whether you want to know the Albanian market for medical equipment, the outlook for platinum smelting in Zimbabwe, or the trade situation in dozens of other countries, you can find the lowdown at the U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library ( http://www.buyusainfo.net/adsearch2.cfm ). This is a valuable resource for anyone doing international market research. You can search by industry, region, country, time period, and type of report (market research, industry sector analysis, trade directory, trade events, etc.). Tip: try a broad-based search first, (e.g., all industries in China), to see what's available, then narrow your search by selecting more categories.

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INTERNET RESOURCES FOR BUSINESS JOURNALISTS

If I wanted to know the inside scoop on a company or industry, I'd ask a business journalist for his or her research sources. Luckily, there's a Web site that has plenty of sources. It's called Internet Resources for Business Journalists ( http://jclass.umd.edu/cars/Special/SABEW2004.htm ), and it's chock-full of useful links. Scroll down the page and you'll find connections to useful links pages at places like the Society of American Business Editors & Writers. There are also links to reference sites (stock filings, glossaries of financial terms, etc.) university databases, business journalism collections, economic data, public records, trade associations, and much more.

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