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.
Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts
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:
- Market size and characteristics
- Key statistics and trends
- Current performance
- Competitive landscape
- Major firms and market share
- Key risk and success factors
- Five-year growth forecast
Questex Media Group, LLC
LP Gas Magazine
Monthly trade magazine features news, information, and analysis for propane and LP gas dealers and distributors,
with special features including the annual "State of the Industry" report (December issue) and the annual "Top
50 Propane Retailers" rankings report (February issue). Digital editions of current and prior issues of the
magazine can be viewed online, with free print and digital subscriptions available upon request.
Fuel Oil & LP Gas Dealers
First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations and include a
five-year growth forecast. Profile contents include:
- Industry overview
- Recent developments
- Critical issues and challenges
- Business trends and opportunities
- Executive insights
- Financial benchmarking data
- Five-year growth forecast
Monthly trade journal features news and information for the propane industry, with topics covered in various
issues including market outlook, management, marketing, supply and logistics, technology, transportation equipment,
safety, and regulatory and legislative issues. Selected articles from current and archived issues of the magazine
can be viewed free online, with free print edition subscription available to qualified parties.
Propane Education & Research Council
Information resources available from this organization include:
Introductory section provides basic facts and information about propane, with topics covered including how
it is produced, its chemical characteristics, and examples of common applications such as heating, cooking,
drying, on-road vehicles, agricultural equipment, and backup power. All information can be viewed free online.
Propane Database and Forecasting Model
National Propane Gas Association / ICF International
Developed by ICF International as part of the PERC Market Metrics Initiative, this Excel-based spreadsheet
model allows users to estimate the impact of factors that drive consumption such as weather, fuel prices,
economic activity, demographics, and alternative fuel sources, with end-use markets analyzed including the
agricultural, commercial, residential, and transportation sectors. Model is available for download at no
Publications available from these organizations include:
Propane Supply Sources and Trends
ICF International research report examines propane supply sources and trends for the U.S. market, with topics
covered in the report including current sources of supply, supply and demand outlook, and impact of changes
in supply on carbon dioxide emissions, and also includes historical statistical trend data for supply and
demand in both unit volume and as a percent of total. Report can be downloaded and viewed free online.
Propane Market Outlook
Industry Financial Ratios
Liquefied Petroleum Gas Dealers / Bottled Gas Dealers
Biennial market research report analyzes the U.S. propane market outlook on both a near-term and longer-term
basis, with topics addressed in the report including changes in supply, energy prices, alternative energy
sources, energy policies, overview of key U.S. markets (e.g., residential, commercial, and internal combustion
engine), and industry challenges and opportunities. Publication can be downloaded and viewed free online.
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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.
- Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
- Balance sheet detail in dollars and percentages
- Sources and uses of funds cash flow analysis
- Profitability and return on investment ratios
- Liquidity and working capital ratios
- Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
- Capital structure and debt service ratios
RMA Annual Statement Studies
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Annual financial statement analysis includes common-size income statements and balance sheets and key financial
ratios for companies in this retail sector. Report includes five years of historical data with the most recent
year's data broken out by net sales and total assets size range. Sample report can be viewed online.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Occupational Employment and Wages - Direct Selling Establishments
Annual occupational employment and wages survey provides hourly and annual wage data for personnel employed
in this retail sector (which includes fuel dealers and other non-store direct selling establishments) on a national,
state, and metropolitan area basis, with statistical measures for national wage data including mean, median,
upper and lower quartiles, and upper and lower deciles. All information is available free online.