Business Students' FAQ
How do I find the financial ratios for an industry?

Ratios (Industry Financial Ratios)

Print Resources


As ratio books give the average performance of companies of certain size and in a certain industry, they are especially useful to determine the performance of small private companies whose financials are usually not reported anywhere.   Current 5 years industry ratio books are located at the reference desk. Earlier volumes are in Reference stacks with the same call numbers. They are:

  • D&B’s Industry Norms & Key Business Ratios
  • Troy’s Almanac of Business and Industrial Financial Ratios
  • Annual Statement Studies (RMA)

Electronic Resources

  • The Financial Profiles in Company and Markets of Factiva gives summaries of comparative financial performances between U. S. companies and industries, while the Financial Profile provides all the key financial ratios of publicly traded companies for the past 5 years.
  • The Research Center of Reuters Investor includes key ratios and statistics for publicly traded companies.
  • The Stock Center of MorningStar includes valuation ratios for over 300 companies.  Note:  You Must sign up for free membership to recieve this information. Mergent Online provides annual financial ratios for domestic and international corporations dating back to 1989.
  • Mint Global provides financial ratios for the past 5 years for domestic and internatation corporations.  Ratio and other financial data is available for some private companies and subsidiary companies.
How do I find SIC and NAICS Codes?

SIC (Standard Industrial Classification) and NAICS (North American Industrial Classification System) Codes
In order to find out the competition for a certain company or to compare company performance against industry performance, the SIC or the NAICS for a company is necessary as most basic business references are organized by these numbers.

Electronic Databases
All databases are accessible in the library through the Electronic Information Resources page. 

Print Sources

  • North American industry classification system : United States, 2002.
  • Standard Industrial Classification Manual, 1987.  
    Both volumes are kept at the Reference Desk
  • How do I find information about industries in the United States?

    Industry Surveys

    Published annually by U. S. Bureau of the Census. For each 4-digit SIC industry gives county totals, in number of employees, payrolls, and number of establishments by employment size class. Includes finance, insurance, and real estate SIC categories that are not covered in the census itself.

    U. S. Bureau of the Census publishes a series of monthly, quarterly, and annual Current Industrial Reports containing detailed statistics on about 5,000 manufactured products giving production, shipments, and inventories for specific products or industries to the 7-digit SIC number.

                Profiles, analysis, and statistics of hundreds of industries in the U.S. and worldwide, provided by Dun & Bradstreet's.

               Profiles, analysis, and statistics relating to industries in North America.

    The most comprehensive source for industry information.  This source include basic analysis and current analysis on 20 industries with financial comparisons of the leading companies in each industry. A monthly "Trends & Projections" and "Earnings Supplement" are also included.

    this is the most important single source for current U. S. business statistics. It covers general business indicators, commodity prices; construction and real estate; domestic trade; foreign trade of the U. S.; labor force; employment and earnings; finance; transportation and communication; etc. Besides these regularly quoted statistics, special statistical reports appear at intervals. The best known is the annual "National Income and Product Accounts" issue.

    A very thorough guide to industries.  Included are industry descriptions and analysis, news, company rankings, and statistics.

    How do I find the largest or principal industries in a foreign country

    Provides a basic overview of a country's economy and their principal industries. Updated Annually.  Select "Country Commercial Guide"
    from the Report Type menu.


    country reports (journals) give detalied information on the industries and major players in each industry for 53 countries worldwide.

    Detailed information and statistics on hundreds of countries and territories industries.

       Comprehensive guides to doing business in selected countries.  Included is a chapter on "Industry Reviews", which discusses the principal industries of a country.
    How do I find forecasts, outlooks, or trends for an industry?

    Search this database by subject " Projections or Forecasts" and by subject "_________ Industry"

              Reports on industries in North America include sections on forecasts and projections.

              Reports and statistics on countries, markets ,industries include forecast information.

     

    A Report issued in 1995 by the U.S. Department of Commerce.  The report projects the economy is U.S. regions for fifty years.

    How do I find the market size for a product or industry?

    In order to find out the competition for a certain company or to compare company performance against industry performance, the SIC or the NAICS for a company is necessary as most basic business references are organized by SIC numbers.  See the FAQ for SIC/NAICS for information on how to look up these codes.

    Electronic Databases
    All databases are accessible in the library through the Electronic Information Resources page.

      Factiva
      LexisNexis Academic Universe


      Features: enter term Market Size in combination with what you need to find the market size of (a country, industry, company, etc.) to find articles and other information.

    Features:  Provides detailed reports on North American industries and includes tables and graphs on various market size measures.

              Features:  Statistics on companies and industries, including market size.  Published annually.


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