Industry Reports

Industry Reports in the United States

Industry reports provide an overview of the current environment in a particular field of business (e.g., the automobile production, media, the biotechnology).

My favorite sources for industry reports are the Standard & Poor’s Industry Handbook(available in many business libraries) and the subscription-based MergentOnline. Other sources include IBISWorld, S&P NetAdvantage, BusinessInsights, Gale’sEncyclopedia of American Industries, the Thomson/Gale Business & Company Resource Center, SkyMinder, Datamonitor, FirstResearch, Plunkett Research and OneSource. You can also find industry reports through the sources that sell Analyst Reports (see the separate entry for “Analyst Reports”) and by searching the Web with your favorite search engines.

Industry Norms & Key Business Ratios (Mergent/D&B) provides industry financial and business data by SIC Code. “Industry Norms” means average balance sheet data (accounts receivable, inventory, accounts payable, bank loans, net sales, etc.). “Key Business Ratios” covers profitability, solvency and efficiency. “Efficiency” includes the “collection period,” which is how long it takes for invoices to get paid on average in that industry. The data is available in print and online (call 800-955-8080 to order or subscribe).

Bizminer provides provides financial and statistical data for a broad range of industries. Notably, the data can be broken down to the national, state or metropolitan level. Also cool: you can find information about start-ups and sole proprietorships. Reports can be purchased individually, or you can sign up for a flat-fee subscription.

Reports on industries popular with small businesses are posted by the Missouri Small Business Development Centers.

Euromonitor has been recommended to me for international industry reports. Business Monitor International publishes reports on industries in emerging markets.

Useful supplementary information may be available from, government agency reports, the Yahoo! Industry Center and articles in business journals.

For information about the metals industry, see the publications sold through the Metal Bulletin Store, including Metal Producers of the World, the International Scrap Directory, etc. See also the sources listed in the “Commodity Prices” entry in this legal Encyclopedia.

See Also

Analyst Reports
Business Information
Market Research
Market Share

Industry Reports: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Industry Reports. This part provides references, in relation to Industry Reports, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Industry Reports by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Industry Reports and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Industry Reports or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Industry Reports and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Industry Reports. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Industry Reports should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Industry Reports when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

Tools and Forms

Law in Other Regions

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