SIC 5300 | NAICS 452000
The following guide to industry information, research, and analysis provides sources for industry trends and statistics, market research and analysis, financial ratios and salary surveys, and more.
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Comprehensive market research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:
Bimonthly trade journal features news and information for retail professionals, with topics covered in the publication including operations, finance, marketing, technology, and real estate, and special features including the "Annual State of the Industry Report" and "Top 100 U.S. Retailers" rankings published in the September/October issue of the magazine. Digital editions can be viewed online.
First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations and include a five-year growth forecast. Profile contents include:
NRF Forecast / Monthly Economic Review
https://nrf.com/nrf-forecasts / monthly-economic-review
Annual forecast and monthly economic review reports provide insights on economic trends and their current and prospective impact on the U.S. retail environment, with topics covered in these reports including retail sales growth, consumer sentiment, consumer prices, GDP growth, housing market index, employment growth trends, personal income and spending, and leading economic indicators.
Monthly trade magazine features news and information for retail executives, with topics covered in various issues including store operations, merchandising, marketing, retail technology, mobile and online shopping, payment and credit systems, supply chain logistics, human resources, and loss prevention. Current issue is available online, with free subscription available to qualified parties.
Annual Retailer Lists
STORES magazine provides annual ranking lists of retailers by various criteria, with lists provided including the "Top 100" ranked by U.S. sales, "Hot 100" ranked by U.S. year-over-year sales growth, "Favorite 50" ranking of consumers' preferred e-commerce sites, and the "Global Top 250" from the "Global Powers of Retailing" report produced in conjunction with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited.
Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.
Financial information section of these profiles provides income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios by sales range for companies that sell merchandise such as groceries, housewares, furniture, appliances, electronics, sporting goods, apparel, footwear, cosmetics, and personal care products, with individual reports available for more than 30 specific types of retailing operations.
Annual salary survey provides compensation and benefits data for retailers of all types, with survey data broken down by retail sector and subsector, size (e.g., organization sales, number of stores, store revenue, and store size), ownership (public, private), type of entity (e.g., corporation, division, subsidiary, and group), and geographic region (e.g., national, regional, and metropolitan area.)
Free online service provides median salary and hourly wage data for selected job positions in this retail sector, with employers for which salary or hourly wage data is provided including department (e.g., Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Macy's, Dilliards, JCPenney, and Kohl's), discount (e.g., Target, TJ Maxx, and Wal-Mart), and dollar (e.g., Family Dollar, Dollar Tree, and Dollar General) stores.