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Business 100: Industry Analysis

Industry Classification

When you are doing an Industry Analysis it often helps to locate the SIC (Standard Industrial Code) or the NAICS (North American Industrial Classification System) numbers.  A good way to find an SIC or NAICS number is to look for a company in your field in this Database:

When you run a search in this database, you can find the Industry codes on the first page


Click on the SIC Code link to bring up an Industry Overview

Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage

S&P Capital IQ Global Advantage (formerly Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage) provides web access to S&P's suite of U.S. public company and industry financial and investment data, including: Industry Surveys of 50+ U.S. industries; Stock Reports for 7,000 public companies and closed-end funds; Mutual Fund reports for 12,000+ funds (updated monthly); Bond guide covering 9,000 issues (updated monthly); 22,000 dividends; quarterly and annual earnings estimates for 5,000 U.S.traded stocks (updated monthly; Corporation records for 12,600 publicly held U.S., Canadian, and international companies (updated monthly); Directory information for 100,000 public and private U.S. and international companies; Directory of 4,500 brokers/dealers.






United States Economic Data

The Census Bureau Economic Statistics


The Economic Census

  • Every five years (2002, 2007, 2012, etc.) for every industry.
  • Statistics for U.S., states, metro areas, counties, and cities.


Economic Indicators

  • Monthly and quarterly for selected sectors.
  • National statistics only.


Faulkner Advisory for IT Studies

This is a very useful source for the business of IT

FAITS offers a broad range of reports plus vendor directories and a
comprehensive glossary of IT and related terms.

➤ Marketplace reports offer an excellent way to stay current on all
the latest trends and advances in the IT and communications
market segments you care about.
➤ Product Profile reports provide a concise summary of the
leading products and suppliers, examine product strengths
and limitations, and analyze current pricing strategies.
➤ Company Profile reports review business goals, sales and
marketing strategies, and financial stability of the leading vendors.