Industry Information

Industry Surveys

Get an overview of how an industry operates, the trends, and more. The most notable industry surveys are the 

Go to: the Industry Survey Locator- A database of industry surveys that appear in databases and other reference materials. A good first place to check for industry surveys and overviews.

Many Online Databases are included in the Locator:

Note: Look for MarketLine (Formerly Datamonitor) Industry Profiles.

Mintel oxygen (200?)
Note: Good for market research

IBISWorld (1999)
Note: Industry snapshots include statistics and key facts as well as information on key issues facing the industry.

Note: Look for Hoover’s Industry Snapshots

 

Industry Articles

Search for articles about industry trends and performance:

Factiva (2001)

Data and Statistics

Note: Market research on consumer products, travel, lifestyles and leisure. Industries covered are airlines, automotive, beauty and personal products, clothing and fashion, food and food service, health, medical and wellness, internet and retailing. Reports contain the following information:
Market Size and Forecast
Segment Performance
Retail Channels
Brand Share
Advertising & Promotion
Tip: You’ll need to create an account to use Mintel for academic use only, and accept a user agreement. Must use BU e-mail address to sign in. You can download batches of reports, sections and individual graphs.
Mintel Graphing Tutorial

 

TableBase (Part of RDS Business Suite)

Note: Provides statistical data on companies, industries, markets and products.

Business and Industry

Note: Provides articles on companies and industries.

Industry Financial Ratios

Financial Studies of the Small Business (Available at Pardee Services Desk on the Reserve-Reference (High Use) shelves)

Industry Norms and Key Business Ratios (Available at Pardee Services Desk on the Reserve-Reference (High Use) shelves)

IRS Corporate Financial Ratios (Available at Pardee Services Desk on the Reserve-Reference (High Use) shelves)

Almanac of Business and Industrial Financial Ratios (Available at Pardee Services Desk on the Reserve-Reference (High Use) shelves)

Note: Online version of R.M.A Annual Statement Studies. 2010/2011 print edition is also available at the Pardee Services Desk on the Reserve-Reference (High Use) shelves.

Tutorial: Finding Industry Ratios using Ratio Books
Tutorial: Finding Company Ratios using Mergent Online

Distribution Channels

Note: Search for Retail Channels to get the section of reports for supply chain information with sales by retail type and major stores. Tip: You’ll need to create an account to use Mintel for academic use only, and accept a user agreement. Must use BU e-mail address to sign in. You can download batches of reports, sections and individual graphs.
Mintel Graphing Tutorial

Mergent online (1997]-)
Note: Look for the company 10K in Mergent Online.The first section of a public company 10K has information related to company strategy, including distribution channels.

Industry Survey Locator

Organized by library staff to help find Industry Overviews and Trends. See S&P Industry Surveys (How the Industry Operates) for information on Distribution Channels.

 

TableBase (Part of RDS Business Suite)

Note: Use the words distribute or distribution channel in your keyword search. Please note: Log out before exiting.

 

Market Share Reporter

SIC 50 – Wholesale Trade – Durable Goods
SIC 51 – Wholesale Trade – Nondurable Goods
SIC 52 – Building Materials and Garden Supplies
SIC 53 – General Merchandise Stores
SIC 54 – Food Stores
SIC 55 – Automotive Dealers and Service Stations
SIC 56 – Apparel and Accessory Stores
SIC 57 – Furniture and Homefurnishings Stores
SIC 58 – Eating and Drinking Places
SIC 59 – Miscellaneous Retail

Manufacturing & Distribution USA

Pardee Services Desk on the Reserve-Reference (High Use) shelves
X HD 9723 M365
Volume 3 includes information on a variety of retail and wholesale operations. Ranks establishments by sales. Organized by NAICS code.

ReferenceUSA (1999?]-)
Note: Use ‘Custom Search’ to create lists of retail or wholesale companies by product name, SIC or NAICS code, and geographical area.

 

SIC/NAICS Codes

Mergent Online

Select the Business link on the Company Details tab to find the SIC/NAICS code for the industry your company is in. The primary and secondary codes are given.

Help in searching for SIC/NAICS codes:

Overview of the 2007 Economic Census data

http://www.census.gov/econ/census07/
2007 Economic Census data is available in the American FactFinder.

U.S. Census NAICS-SIC Concordance Tables

http://www.census.gov/eos/www/naics/concordances/concordances.html
Find your NAICS code, and you will find the corresponding SIC code.

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Search

http://www.census.gov/eos/www/naics/index.html
Search by keyword to find the NAICS code for the industry you are researching. Includes 2012, 2007 and 2002 NAICS codes.

Standard Industrial Classification Manual (SIC) Search
http://www.osha.gov/pls/imis/sicsearch.html
Search by keyword to find the SIC code for the industry you are researching.

 

Trade Associations

Industry Survey Locator- Industry Surveys often provide information from trade associations.

Another source of trade associations is: Associations unlimited (Online)

For additional industry resources, see Industry Information Sources.