Industry Information: Industry statistics

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Quick data

When you just want some stats quickly, try some of these sources ... 

Although 'market share' is not the same as production, inventory, or sales data, sometimes it will work as a good substitute.  If you try the Market Share Reporter linked below, search on a product name, rather than a company or brand name (athletic shoes instead of Nike), and often you'll get useful data.

Data for the US -- the Census Bureau and other federal agencies ...

For the United States, the main source of industry data is the US Census Bureau, which produces a huge volume of data. It mostly uses the NAICS code to organize the data. (So if you're not sure what codes may apply to the industry you're researching, please click here.)  Below are links to the websites for many of the programs and publications from the Census Bureau.

Although the Census Bureau's site is very useful, it encompasses so much that it can be overwhelming. Below are links to:

  • Webpages for individual Census Bureau programs.
  •, a US federal government data search tool.

Databases for data -- time series

If you need a longer run of data, data that show how well or poorly the industry has fared through time, try some of these databases.

From commercial vendors:

From international organizations:

More international organizations are offering their data and data platforms for free.  Not all of course, but the more popular datasets. 

The big names:

  –  UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade & Development)
  –  World Bank
  –  IMF (International Monetary Fund)
  –  OECD (Organization for Economic and Commercial Development)

Books for industry data

Some of them are classics, and you'll find them mentioned regularly.  Online versions are now also available for some.