Resources for analyzing the competitive environment in an industry.
Last Updated: Sep 16, 2014
Start your research with an industry profile. It will supply background information on how the industry operates, identify industry trends, and often list the top companies in the sector.
The top databases for industry research are listed in this Quick Guide.
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Industry overviews examine current market forces, analyze performance, identify recent trends, list leading companies, and provide aggregate financial data and forecasts.
- Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage
The S&P Industry Surveys cover about 50 industries of interest to U. S. investors. They include an overview of the industry, describe current issues facing the industry, analyze major industry segments, and list major companies in the industry. They describe industry specific performance metrics and include a list of trade associations, key trade journals, and government agencies.
- IBIS World
Profiles of over 700 United States industries, including small service industries and major industry sectors. Also available are Global Industry Reports.
- Business Monitor Online
Industry profiles, country risk analysis, financial market reports, and company profiles with SWOT analysis. Covers 22 industry sectors in 70 global markets.
- Business Source Complete
This business news database includes industry reports from Datamonitor and SWOT Analysis from Business Monitor.
- Mergent Online
Mergent covers 25 industry sectors in reports that focus on North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific regions. Each report examines the current environment for the industry and discusses major market trends.
- Business Insights: Essentials
Company and industry information: profiles, news articles, chronologies, rankings, SWOT analyses, market share, market size, etc.
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