With our Excel-based system for API download, you can create spreadsheet files that are linked to the Forecast database. The database API ensures your files are automatically updated whenever a new forecast is published.
You can build your own customised package of tables, based on the tables in the Forecast database. When a new quarterly forecast is published, you can easily update your tables with new data.
Searching and downloading data is made easy by the database interface. You have the option to save a specific search and thus get instant access to updated forecast data. These features cover the needs of most users.
Using the database API (Application Programming Interface), however, lets you fully explore the potential for automation. The API can be used in different ways, but requires some programming skills.
The NIER is not able to provide advice or assistance regarding API usage. However, we have developed a simple Excel-based system for creating and automatically updating files linked to the Forecast database, designed to be self-instructional.
The aim is to offer a complete system for Excel users who wish to download large custom extracts of the Forecast database, and to provide a model for those who wish to program their own application in Excel (VBA).
The NIER assumes no responsibility or liability for any errors in the system.