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Propane & LP Gas Dealers – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 5984  |  NAICS 454310

The following guide to industry research and analysis provides sources for industry statistics, trends, and forecasts, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Fuel Dealers | Propane & Heating Oil Dealers  (view report)
Refined Petroleum Pipeline Transportation  (view report)
Comprehensive industry 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. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample industry research report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

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.

Butane-Propane News
BPN Magazine
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
Resources available from this organization include:

Propane Facts
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
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 charge.

National Propane Gas Association / ICF International
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
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.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Liquefied Petroleum Gas Dealers  Search for "454310" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

More Resources
For more industry research reports and other resources, see the following resource guide.

Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Liquefied Petroleum Gas Dealers  Search for "454310" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample reports on a national and metropolitan area level are available free online.

RMA Annual Statement Studies
Fuel Dealers
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.

Compensation and Salary Surveys

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.

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