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Last Updated: Nov 01, 2016     Views: 322

Industry reports; profiles; and overviews are available through a number of BIS's resources. Some of these databases are reserved for University of Illinois faculty and student use for academic purposes only. In most cases; you can search for an industry by name; NAICS code; or SIC code. Try looking in the following:

  • First Research: Simply search for an industry by name; NAICS; or SIC.
  • IBISWorld: The simplest way to use IBISWorld is to enter an industry name or NAICS code in the search box and click the magnifying glass just to the right of it.
  • OneSource: Use the search box under "industries" to look for industry information.

  • Business Source Complete: Type the name of an industry in one of the search boxes and check the box next to "industry overview" under the "document type" heading.

  • ABI/Inform Complete: Search for an industry name as a subject or enter/look up NAICS code; choose "statistics/data report" as "document type";  click search.

  • Passport: Go to 'Search Statistics' section; select 'industries'; choose a industry you are interested in; click go .


Any of the above resources are likely to contain some statistics; but for more you may wish to consult the following:

  • Proquest Statistical Datasets: Click on Index Terms under the search bar; select "industry and commerce"; click on Paste to search and then search.

  • Statista: Click on the 'Industry" tab at the top of the page; select the industry that you are interested in; then you can see recent statistics, market studies & reports, related market forecasts, and infographics about this industry .

  • The U.S. Economic Census: Issued every five years; the Economic Census provides data from the national level down to individual ZIP codes.
  • RMA Annual Statement Studies: This printed resource provides composite ratios and balance sheet data for companies in various industries; disaggregated by company assets and sales. It is often used to get a general idea of the financial condition of companies in a given industry. Located in the Reference Collection in the Main Stacks and Main Stacks. The call number is 332 R54s1.
  • Use Bloomberg; available at the Margolis Market Information Lab (MIL) at the Business Instructional Facility (BIF). Bloomberg Industry Analysis can be accessed from a Bloomberg terminal by typing "IBQ" and hitting the "GO" key.

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