Industry odes are hierarchic, numeric schemes to define and distinguish one industry from another. Industries are grouped by similar production process. In the US, NAICS codes are generally used, though some publishers use SIC codes. About Industry Classification Codes
Sources of information on industries in this guide focus on information from trade journals, association websites, industry or investment analysts’ reports, other nonprofit and government information sources (eg. EPA Industry Letters, EIA reports, Economic Census), market research reports, commercial industry reports.
For Industry research, one needs essential facts as well as in-depth analysis. It is important to read trade journals that focus on the industry and to consult trade associations publications, websites and datacenters, to see what they have compiled.
US Census Bureau Economic Programs includes the following:
Links to all federal statistics and agencies producing them, eg. Census of Agriculture, Health statistics, Crime statistics, etc.
Links to data from older abstracts and statistics gathering agencies available here.
Statistical Agencies (International)
US Census Bureau’s provides composite quarterly ratios for manufacturing, mining, wholesale and service industries.
RMA Annual Statement Studies. Financial Ratio Benchmarks. AnnualBased on financial statements submitted to banks, composite financial and operating ratios for mfg., wholesale, retail, service industries. 750+ lines of business are covered. Upper quartile, median and lower quartile values are presented. Explanations of balance sheet and income data, definitions of ratios, and sources of financial information for industries not covered.
Almanac of Business and Industrial Financial Ratios. Compiled from tax returns submitted to the
Industry Norms and Key Business Ratios. Financial and operating ratios for 800 lines of business. Balance sheet and income statement information and 14 financial ratios. More lines of business covered.