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About industry classification

In order to understand why you'll find data or profiles of some industries but not others, it is useful to know something about industry classification!  Here's why:

  1. Governments and commercial publishers use these classification systems to define, collect and organize the data that they collect.
  2. There are many classification systems "out there", produced by different governments and organizations, for different purposes.  The core principle or purpose of the classification system can explains why some industry sectors are seemingly ignored, or split into odd sub-categories.  Two common core principles are: 
    • Production
    • Trade

For more information about industry classification, see the links below.

Databases for Industry Profiles

Below are links to industry reports from individual publishers, and to databases that contain industry reports. Many of these reports are available in general business databases:  where possible, the links go directly to that content, not to a general search screen.  But where such direct linking is not possible, the links go to the main database search screen (e.g. Passport).

Two notes about MarketLine reports:

MarketLine reports are available in two different databases, Ebsco's Business Source Premier, and Refinitiv Workspace's After Market Research module (aka AMR or Investext). Each has advantages and disadvantages. 

  1. For slightly easier searching, use Business Source Premier
  2. For the most complete collection of MarketLine industry and company reports, use the AMR Research collection in Refinitiv Workspace; Ebsco does not always receive the current reports in a timely way. Notice that Refinitiv Workspace requires registration for an individual account. 
    Instructions for searching in the Refinitiv Workspace AMR collection are available here.
Links to reports from individual publishers or vendors:

These reports are pulled from large aggregator databases (ABI-Inform Trade & Industry, Business Source Premier, and Business Insights Essentials). The interfaces of these large databases allow me to create these individual links, which is not possible in other interfaces.

Links to databases: