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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 1,000 industries, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect an industry and its performance. Report contents include key statistics, market size and characteristics, current performance, competitive landscape, major firms and market share, key risk and success factors, and five-year revenue growth forecast. Sample report is available online.

First Research Industry Profiles

First Research profiles are updated quarterly and provide analysis, statistics, and forecasts for a wide range of industries, with report sections including industry overview, recent developments, critical issues and challenges, business trends and opportunities, leading companies, executive insights, financial benchmark information, and five-year growth forecast. 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 conditions; business profile, operations, and trends; analyzing a company; key ratios and statistics; comparative company analysis; and additional reference sources. Individual S&P reports can be purchased from the AlcaraStore website; sample survey can be downloaded and viewed online.

Freedonia Group

Comprehensive research studies provide in-depth analysis for a wide range of industries, with topics addressed in each study including market environment and trends; historical and forecast demand by product, market, and region; industry structure; and major firm profiles. Detailed table of contents for each study is available online; entire study or individual pages or sections can be purchased online.

BCC Research

BCC research studies provide detailed analysis and forecasts for products and technology in over 20 industry categories, with categories covered by these studies including advanced materials, plastics, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, energy storage, photonics, and nanotechnology. Study highlights, scope and analysis discussion, and detailed table of contents can be viewed free online.

Euromonitor International

Market research reports analyze key trends and developments for a wide range of U.S. industries, with topics covered in the reports including supply and demand trends, historical sales volume, competitive environment, firm demographics, customers and suppliers, firm market shares, and five-year forecast. Summary descriptions and detailed tables of contents for these reports can be viewed free online.

Supplier Relations US, LLC

Comprehensive industry reports provide detailed analysis of the U.S. manufacturing sector, with topics covered in each report including historical and forecast revenue, industry financial statements, capital investment analysis, pricing and cost analysis, compensation costs, competitive environment, major manufacturers, and international trade. Detailed table of contents for each report is available online.

GIA Research

Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth market analysis for over 1,500 industries, with topics covered including market overview and dynamics, historical and forecast revenue by market segment, innovations and introductions, strategic corporate developments, selected key companies, and global trade perspective. Summary description and detailed table of contents are available free online.

Mintel Group, Ltd.

Market research reports provide detailed analysis for a wide range of consumer and business sectors, with topics addressed in the reports including market overview, issues and insights, current trends, market size, segment performance, demand drivers, leading companies, and marketing strategies. Detailed table of contents which includes key points from these reports can be viewed free online. provides access to over 400,000 market research reports from over 720 firms, with information provided in these research reports including market size and segments; product and market forecasts; business trends, challenges, risks, and opportunities; key participant profiles; and more. Summary descriptions and detailed tables of contents for these reports are available online.

BizMiner Market Analysis

Market analysis reports provide market statistics in a three-year comparative format on a national, state, county, metropolitan area, and zip code level for over 5,000 industries, with data provided including total number of firms, total sales and sales trends, average sales per firm and employee, and employment and staffing trends. Sample national and local area reports can be downloaded and viewed online.

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor

Online reference guide provides career information for occupations in a wide variety of industries, with information provided for each occupation including job description and duties, workplace environment, training and education requirements, median annual compensation, job prospects and outlook, similar occupations, and additional references for more information. All information is available free online.

Encyclopedia of American Industries
Gale Cengage Learning (search catalog for this title)

Three-volume business reference guide provides information on over 1,000 U.S. industries, with report sections including industry snapshot, organization and structure, background and development, current business 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 reports, studies, and other resources available from trade associations, research firms, and other sources which provide analysis, statistics, and forecasts for specific industries, see our Industry Information Resources section which provides resource guides for more than 400 industries.

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