Many reference works organize industries by their Standard Industrial Classification (SIC). A specific SIC is a four-digit code used to group similar types of businesses together. Not only are all the Census industry statistics arranged by this scheme, but it is widely used by many non government publications such as market guides and directories.
The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) has replaced the U.S. Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system. NAICS was developed jointly by the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to provide new comparability in statistics about business activity across North America.
The purpose of the classification systems used in these indexes is to organize and to make understandable the many thousands of industries and occupations. These systems group titles describing like industries or like occupations into homogeneous categories and assign a code to each category.
Gale Research publishes a large amount of industry information. This information appears in a number of different titles, series, and databases (including Gale Business Insights and as e-Books in Gale Virtual Reference Library) Listed here are examples of titles from two of their series:
-Service Industries U.S.A.
-Wholesale and Retail Trade U.S.A.
-Encyclopedia of American Industries
-Encyclopedia of Emerging Industries
-Encyclopedia of Global Industries
Industry reports containing market overview and detail information about the competitive environment, pricing, market share, segmentation, volume, value, and market forecast. The material is written by a specialized team of industry experts who rely on data drawn from Gallup surveys, consumer panels, and in-depth trade interviews. Available through Business Source products (EBSCO), Gale Business Insights, Business and Industry (Gale) and Mint Global (Bureau van Dijk Electronic Publishing).
Excellent resource for international industries, countries, markets, and products. Market research reports, statistics, and analyst reports cover consumer market sizes, country market data, forecasts, consumer lifestyles, companies and brands, and many product & location specific reports are related to the hospitality industry. Includes company profiles on key hotel companies; statistics on market sizes, company shares, and brand shares in various countries; and market research reports analyzing a variety of different aspects and trends in the hotel industry. Analyzes consumer expenditures on travel and lodging in the US and internationally. Analysis articles provide research and insight into consumer travel preferences and spending habits.
County Business Patterns is Census Data in an annual series that provides sub national economic data by industry. Businesses use the data for analyzing market potential, measuring the effectiveness of sales and advertising programs, setting sales quotas, and developing budgets.
Industry, market & sector news from around the world.
Trade associations are important sources of information for industry research, because they collect industry statistics, maintain directories, publish white papers and research reports, organize conferences, and trade shows. Industry experts may be identified through these organizations.