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.

LexisNexis Academic 

Note: Hoover’s Industry Snapshots

 

Industry Articles

Search for articles about industry trends and performance:

ABI/INFORM GLOBAL

Note: Business Source Complete contains indexes, abstracts and full text of business publications, scholarly publications and peer-reviewed journals. Among the sources covered in this database are EIU (Economist Intelligence Unit) country economic reports, company profiles and industry profiles from MarketLine (Formerly Datamonitor), and monographs.

Factiva (2001)

Data and Statistics

Mintel oxygen (200?)
Note: Mintel reports provide information on markets for consumer products, travel, lifestyles, and leisure. Our subscription predominately covers products and markets in the United States. Each report combines data & analysis of the competitive landscape and consumer profiles. Tip: You’ll need to create an account to use Mintel with your BU e-mail address.
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

IRS Corporate Financial Ratios

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Almanac of Business and Industrial Financial Ratios

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Financial ratios for over 170 lines of business. Organized by NAICS code. Source of data is U.S. Federal tax returns.

Industry Norms and Key Business Ratios

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Published annually by Dun & Bradstreet. Financial ratios for over 600 lines of business. Organized by SIC code. Data is provided by D&B’s financial information sources.

Financial Studies of the Small Business

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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

Mintel oxygen (200?)
Note: Mintel reports provide information on markets for consumer products, travel, lifestyles, and leisure. Our subscription predominately covers products and markets in the United States. Each report combines data & analysis of the competitive landscape and consumer profiles. Tip: You’ll need to create an account to use Mintel with your BU e-mail address.
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

Note: An annual compilation of reported market share data on companies, products, and services. Organized by SIC code.  2010 edition of the Market Share Reporter is available in the Reserve – Reference (High Use) shelves. Earlier editions of the the Market Share Reporter are in the Reference Collection.

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

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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:

Economic Census: Industry Snapshots

http://www.census.gov/econ/snapshots/index.php
The Industry Snapshots present key statistics from the Economic Census and per capita ratios using data from Population Estimates for a user-selected industry. To choose the industry you are interested in: enter the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code or keyword into the NAICS SEARCH box or choose the industry from the SELECT AN INDUSTRY menu to the left.

U.S. Census Bureau Industry Statistics Portal

http://www.census.gov/econ/isp/
This application provides access to the Census Bureau programs that provide economic data for a user-selected industry. To choose the industry you are interested in enter the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code or keyword into the NAICS SEARCH box or choose the industry from the SELECT AN INDUSTRY menu to the left.  Once you are on the industry page, click on Economic Data in AFF (American Fact Finder)  to view the list of industry data available through the Economic Census.  Click on the 2007 data year to access the Economic Census data series that can be downloaded into Excel.

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.