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Orbis Europe - European Company Data


Data description

Moody BluesOrbis Europe is a database of comparable financial and business information on Europe's largest 600,000 public and private companies by total assets. 43 countries are covered. Orbis Europe is published by Moody's Analytics (formerly published by Bureau van Dijk as 'Amadeus'.) The database provides standardised annual accounts (consolidated and unconsolidated), financial ratios, sectoral activities and ownership data. Orbis Europe is suitable for research on competitiveness, economic integration, applied microeconomics, business cycles, economic geography and corporate finance.


Time period

Orbis Europe is updated weekly, providing standardised annual accounts with up to ten years of time series. Data is collected and harmonised by Moody's Analytics from company filings and reports.


Support links

Online guides, sample datasets and recorded videos are accessible via the upper right query link on the Orbis Europe landing page. An interactive training programme is provided at three levels: basic, standard and advanced.

Activity codes used in Amadeus are NACE II, NAICS and SIC.


How to access data

EUI users can access Orbis Europe via this Catalogue record (two simultaneous users).

  • Select data by geographical coverage (eg. three European countries)
  • level of coverage (eg. biggest 5,000 firms by assets)
  • sectoral coverage (eg. Europe > food sector) and
  • time-span (eg. ten years).

A standard company report includes 25 balance sheet items; 26 profit-and-loss account items; 26 ratios; descriptive information (including trade description and activity codes); and ownership information.

Companies are part of a default 'peer group' based on standard sectoral activity codes. Graphs indicate positions in the peer group. A company tree illustrates the structure of the group.

Current EUI members may access Orbis Europe via this Catalogue record.

Please read, and abide by, the terms and conditions of use for licensed data resources.


Related resource: The Banque de France and the European Committee of Central Balance-Sheet Data Offices (ECCBSO) maintain the BACH and ERICA databases.

Create a login to access data and tools. The interface is also available in French


Related resource: The Competitiveness Research Network (CompNet) generates (i) European firm-level data in micro-aggregated format and (ii) a diagnostic toolkit for competitiveness indicators.

The Network comprises the European System of Central Banks (ESCB), the European Central Bank (ECB), the European Commission (EC), the Leibniz Institute for Economic Research of Halle (IWH), the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Tinbergen Institute. "The dataset includes variables on employment, trade, productivity, mark-ups, financial constraints and more. Variable definitions and computation are harmonized across countries. Built at firm level, indicators are then aggregated to sectoral level (NACE 2-digit) in order to avoid confidentiality issues."

CompNet firm-level-based data access requires scholars to submit a data request form to the CompNet network. CompNet Diagnostic Toolkit for Competitiveness data can be downloaded at #2 at the foot of the CompNet Data page. Data is in a zipped file (4.9 MB). Consult the CompNet Terms and Conditions of Use for further information.


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Page last updated on 04 June 2024

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