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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts


The following guide provides sources for industry information, research, and analysis for a wide range of industries. Each entry listed below includes the name of the source or publisher, a brief description of the resource and its primary features, and notes any information that is available free online.

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Industry Research Reports
IBISWorld research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth forecasts for over 700 industries, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include key statistics; market size and characteristics; current business conditions and current and historical performance; major companies and market share; key risk and success factors; and five-year growth forecast. Sample report is available online.

First Research Industry Profiles
First Research profiles are updated quarterly and provide analysis, statistics, trends, and forecasts for a wide range of industries, with report sections including industry overview; recent news and developments; business challenges, issues, trends, and opportunities; executive insights; financial benchmark information; five-year growth forecast; and sources for additional information. Sample report is available online.

S&P Capital IQ - McGraw Hill Financial
S&P surveys provide in-depth coverage for over 50 major U.S. industries, with topics covered including current business environment; business profile, trends, and operations; how to analyze a company; key ratios and statistics; additional references; and comparative company analysis. Individual survey reports can be purchased from the website; sample report can be downloaded and viewed online.

Freedonia Group
Comprehensive research studies provides in-depth analysis for a wide range of industries, with topics covered including market environment and trends; historical demand and forecasts by product type, market sector, and geographic region; business structure; and company profiles. Summary description and detailed table of contents are available online; complete study or individual sections can be purchased online.

Euromonitor International
Market research reports analyze key trends and developments for a wide range of U.S. industries, with topics covered including supply and demand trends, historic volumes and values, competitive landscape, firm demographics, imports and exports, company and brand market shares, and five-year forecasts of market trends and market growth. Summary description and detailed table of contents can be viewed free online.

Supplier Relations US, LLC
Comprehensive reports provide in-depth analysis for U.S. manufacturing industries, with topics covered including supply, demand, and capacity utilization; historical and forecast shipments and revenue by product sector; key financial data; capital expenditures; pricing and cost analysis; foreign trade, business structure, and competitive landscape. Summary description and detailed table of contents are available online.

Global Industry Analysts, Inc.
Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth market analysis for over 1,300 industries in the U.S. and other countries, with topics covered including industry and product/service overview; market analysis and trends; historical and forecast sales volume by product/service segment; strategic corporate developments; and key company profiles. Summary description and detailed table of contents are available free online.

Plimsoll World
Market analysis provides an overall assessment of the top companies in a specific sector, with information provided for individual companies including four years of financial performance data; analysis of key performance measures; company financial rating which identifies strengths and weaknesses; a list of key personnel, shareholders, and related entities; and a brief description of the company's operations. provides access to over 400,000 research reports from over 700 firms. The in-depth research reports available from these firms include information on market size and segmentation; product and market forecasts; business trends, risks, and opportunities; key participant profiles; market share; and more. Summary abstracts and detailed table of contents for these reports are available free online.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Industry statistics include total number of firms, total annual sales and sales trends, average company sales and sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, business start up activity and failure rates, and other business statistics for over 9,000 lines of business on a national, state, metropolitan area, county, and zip code level. National and local sample reports can be downloaded and viewed online.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
Online resource provides career information for hundreds of occupations in a wide variety of industries, with information provided for each occupation including a description of the nature of the work and the work environment, number and types of jobs, education and training requirements, wages and earnings, employment outlook, and sources for additional information. All information is available free online.

Encyclopedia of American Industries
Gale Cengage Learning (search catalog for this title)
Three-volume business reference publication provides information for over 1,000 U.S. industries, with report sections including NAICS code, industry snapshot, organization and structure, background and development, current conditions, leading companies, workforce, bibliography, and related articles. Publication can be purchased in a print or electronic format and is also available in many public and university libraries.

Industry-Specific Resource Guides
For resource guides specific to a particular industry, see our index which lists resource guides for over 400 industries by industry category and SIC code, with categories covered including agriculture, fishing, and forestry; mining and construction; manufacturing; transportation and warehousing; communications and utilities; wholesale distribution; retail; finance and insurance; real estate; and personal and business services.

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