Financial planning: Profit -- Industry comparisons
To compare your business with others in the industry,
you can find published profit ratios in several places, including:
- Industry Norms and Key Business Ratios --
Financial ratios of 800 different industries. Annual.
Dun's Analytical Services, Murray Hill, N.J.
- Analyst's Handbook. -- Statistics and ratios
for those industries represented in the S&P 500 Index. Annual
with monthly supplements. Standard & Poor's Corp., N.Y.
- Almanac of Business and Industrial Financial
Ratios -- Contains recent figures about an industry's performance.
The information is compiled from Internal Revenue Service data.
Leo Troy, Prentis Hall, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
- Annual Statement Studies -- Contains financial
and operating ratios for more than 360 lines of business. Annual.
Robert Morris Associates, Philadelphia, Pa.
Other print resources:
- Dun's Business Rankings -- Ranks more than
7,500 top U.S. companies in 152 industries, including privately
owned companies. Companies are ranked by size within their industry
and within their state. Dun's Marketing Services, Parsippany,
- Standard & Poor's Industry Surveys
-- Contains information on major industries and financial comparisons
of leading companies in each industry. Standard & Poor's Corp.,
- US Industry and Trade Outlook -- Provides
evaluations and projections of major industrial and commercial
segments of the U.S. economy. Standard and Poor's, U.S. Department
of Commerce, DRI/McGraw-Hill, N.Y.
-- Search a database of new products, manufacturers by name or
product, and other online services. Subscriptions are free.
of Labor Statistics -- Government statistics and reports on
employment, prices and living conditions, compensation and working
conditions, productivity and technology, and employment projections.
Census Bureau -- Government data on agriculture, manufacturing,
construction, international trade, and retail and wholesale goods
in the U.S.
Most of the print publications can be found in the
reference section of the library. Or for a fee you can register
to use the Business Owner's Toolkit Power Tools online to search
these and other industry databases for business profiles and company