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Company & Industry Research

Getting Started with Industry Research

It can be helpful to have an industry classification code like the ones below to get started, but most database work with keywords to help you find the right industry and classification code.

North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)  6-digit standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy. It is gradually replacing SIC.

Standard Industrial Classification (SIC)  4-digit classification system developed in the 1930s by the U.S. Central Statistical Board.  It has not been revised since 1987, but many sources such still apply it.

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Other Industry Resources

Government Websites

Economic Census – Provides very detailed statistics about individual industries, which can be viewed by state; updated every 5 years.

Annual Survey of Manufacturing - The Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM) provides sample estimates of statistics for all manufacturing establishments with one or more paid employee.

Current Industrial Reports – Provides monthly, quarterly, and annual measures of industrial activity, including data on production and shipments of selected products.

BEA’s Industry Economic Accounts – Detailed statistics on industries, updated more often than Economic Census data, but often without as much geographic detail.

Bureau of Labor Statistics – Industry reports on over 100 industries, organized by NAICS code or industry name, focusing on employment, labor, and trends.

Training Webinars

Company Research: Industry Analysis 101

November 19, 2020

New on EIU: Industry and Country Intelligence

September 24, 2020

Industry Research on Nexis.com

June 4, 2020

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January 22, 2020

Company & Industry Research on the Bloomberg Terminal

January 21, 2020