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Industry Classification Codes







1. The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)  is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy. . 

2.  Standard Industrial Classification (SIC), is replaced by NAICS but may still be used in some in databases. It provides four-digit numerical codes for identifying industries, businesses, and products.  The SIC manual was last revised in 1987.

3. Business Source Premier . Use the drop down  to search by NAICS .

Databases for Industry and Company Reports and Overviews

Company information and industry reports are available from the following databases:

  1. IBISWorld Industry Research (Industry & Market Research and Industry Risk Ratings)
  2. Statista (Select from Statistics, Reports and outlook Tabs Tab)
  3. Business Insights: Global (Company & Industry analysis, news and reports) 
  4. Business Source Premier (Company & Industry analysis, news and reports)
  5. Euromonitor Passport (Industry, markets and product data and information) 
  6. Mergent Intellect (Use the link to FirstResearch for Industry data) 

  7. Mergent Online (Company, Industry& Market data/Information)

  8. Marketscope Advisor (includes the Standard & Poor's Industry Surveys)
  9. Encyclopedias of American Industries 
  10. Nexis Uni (Formally LexisNexis Academic) Search for appropriate Industry & Market News.
  11. The Value Line Research Center (Company and Industry Analysis and Data)

Selected Industry Reports and Surveys from Government Agencies

A number of Government Agencies provide statistical data on US Industries and sub-sectors.

  1. The U.S. Census Bureau
  2. Business & Industry
  3. Current Industrial Reports (CIR)   (data on selected industries)
  4. Monthly and Annual Retail Sales 
  5. E-Commerce Statistics (E-Stats)

The Federal Reserve Banks conduct periodic regional surveys of the manufacturing industries. Examples:

  1. From Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia - Business Outlook Survey
  2. From Federal Reserve Bank of New York - Empire State Manufacturing Survey
  3. From Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas - Survey of Tenth District Manufacturers
  4. From Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond - Surveys of Business Conditions