Industry Information for Sector Industries
Get an overview of how an industry operates, the trends, and more. The most notable industry surveys are the S&P Industry Surveys through Standard & Poor's netAdvantage.
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.
Selected Industry Reports:
- Computer: Hardware – Standard & Poors Net Advantage, MarketLine (Formerly Datamonitor)
- Computer Manufacturing – IBISWorld Industry Reports
- Computers: Consumer Services and the Internet – Standard & Poors Industry Surveys
- PCs – Mintel, MarketLine (Formerly Datamonitor)
Health and Life Sciences:
- Biotechnology - Standard & Poors NetAdvantage, IBISWorld, MarketLine (FormerlyDatamonitor), Hoovers Industry Snapshots, Mergent
- Healthcare: Pharmaceuticals - Standard & Poors NetAdvantage
- Pharmaceuticals – MarketLine (Formerly Datamonitor), Hoovers Industry Snapshots, Mergent
Many Online Databases are included in the Locator:
The databases listed below are not available in the Industry Survey Locator, but will be very helpful for finding information on technology and healthcare industries:
Note: Frost & Sullivan is a well known information technology research and advisory company. Frost & Sullivan reports cover technology and market trends in various technology, energy and manufacturing related fields. Please note that most reports can only be viewed in html form. If you would like access to a report in PDF format and you are unable to, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Gartner, Inc. is a well known information technology research and advisory company. Gartner provides technology-related information and insights to help clients make informed decisions related to information technology. Reports contain research findings and advice on technology markets, topics, and industries.
Gartner Research is provided to the BU community through BU’s Information Services and Technology’s subscription. Log in to the website using your BU login name and Kerberos password.
For additional resources on healthcare, see the health sector management guide.
For additional resources on technology, see the technology industry guide.
In the databases below use the suggested search terms to search for articles about the healthcare, technology and sustainability industries. Suggested search terms: digital technology, computers, computer industry, health care, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals industry, sustainability, energy and environmental impact.
Data and Statistics
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
Mintel Graphing Tutorial
Manufacturing & Distribution USA
Pardee Services Desk on the Reserve-Reference (High Use) shelves – X HD 9723 M365
Three volume set contains rankings of leading public & private companies for manufacturing industries, wholesale and retail. Organized by NAICS code.
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2014
The simplest and most authoritative source for Population and Economic statistics. The latest copy is at the Pardee Services Desk on the Reserve-Reference (High Use) shelves.
Note: Data in tabular and chart form. Market share, advertising expenditures and other marketing related statistics from trade magazines and reports.
Industry Financial Ratios
RMA Annual Statement Studies
Pardee Services Desk on the Reserve-Reference (High Use) shelves – X HC 110 I6 F57
Published annually by Risk Management Association. Financial and operating ratios for approximately 300 lines of business. Data is provided by RMA’s lending and credit institutions.
Almanac of Business and Industrial Financial Ratios
Pardee Services Desk on the Reserve-Reference (High Use) shelves – X HF 5681 R25 T68
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
Pardee Services Desk on the Reserve-Reference (High Use) shelves – X HD 2771 I53
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.
IRS Corporate Financial Ratios
Pardee Services Desk on the Reserve-Reference (High Use) shelves – X HF 5681 R25 I72
Financial Studies of the Small Business
Pardee Services Desk on the Reserve-Reference (High Use) shelves – X HD 2346 U5 F55a
This is a guide that outlines the contents of these books.
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:
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.
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.
Search by keyword to find the SIC code for the industry you are researching.
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.