|Trade Associations and Industry Websites||Statistics|
|Industry Ratios and Averages||Articles about an Industry|
Standard & Poor's covers 52 industries, and if you can't find an industry survey whose title coincides with your industry definition, don't give up. Sometimes your industry will be included as a subcategory in one of the S&P surveys. For instance, the "Retailing: General" survey covers both the big-box discounters such as Wal-Mart and upscale stores such as Nordstrom; the "Retailing: Specialty" survey covers retailers as diverse as Home Depot, Borders, and PetSmart.
Standard & Poor's Industry Surveys has lists of trade associations and industry websites near the end of each of their 52 Industry Surveys, which are updated yearly. From the first page of any Industry Survey, click on the link that says "Industry References". These will include a list of trade associations (see example below) and also a list of industry publications.
American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)
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Industry Norms and Key Business Ratios (HF5681 R25 D89 most recent edition on Business Shelves)
Annual Statement Studies (HF5681 B2 R63 most recent edition on Business Shelves)
The books listed below are the three most commonly-used sources for Industry Standard ratios. They are shelved together in the Business shelves in Rivera Library Reference on the shelf labeled "Financial Ratios".
Standard & Poor's Industry Surveys contains a section titled Key Industry Ratios and Statistics for the 52 industries they cover.
Market Share Reporter (HF5415.2 .M37 most recent edition on Business Shelves, )
Market Share Reporter has a collection of graphs and charts showing the market share in a variety of industries. Charts and graphs are collected from business magazines and trade journals and organized by industry using SIC (Standard Industrial Classification) codes.
You can also often find this data as part of charts in trade journal articles. Some of the best sources of trade journal articles are the following databases:
Standard & Poor's Industry Surveys has a section entitled "Key Industry Ratios and Statistics". The statistics presented vary from industry to industry based on their relative importance.
The three databases listed below are excellent sources for articles from popular business magazines, trade journals, newspapers and academic business journals.