Need help organizing your thoughts and data as you undertake an industry anlaysis project? Check out Investopedia's Industry Handbook which includes Porter's 5 Forces. Porter's analytical framework makes the exercise of analysing an industry easier since it gives you a structure complete with the critical things to look for.
Research industries and gather industry statistics a from MarketLine
Easy to use database gives you a wealth of industry information including a composite SWOT analysis for leading companies, Porter's 5 Forces analysis with graphs for industries (global or by country) as well as consumer behavior statistics
Enter a keyword for your industry or search by SIC Code (Standard Industrial Classification)
TIP: Use Google to find your company's SIC code by googling the company name and 'sic code'; It's a 2-6 digit code; Best one to use is the 4 digit one...2 digit SIC codes are too general; 6 are too specific.
Select the industry that most matches yours
Click Show Industry Reports
Choose Industry Financial Profiles
Select your revenue range (or all) and whether you want a 3 or 5 year report
Review more detailed industry surveys and industry related intelligence at ABI Inform Trade and Industry
Select FirstResearch under Industry and Market Research for quarterly industry reports; these reports are more granular that S&P's and oftentimes deal with very specific sub-industries while using examples of particular companies within the industry
Excellent resource for finding detailed information on a specific function or business within an industry (e.g. automobile dealerships as opposed to simply automotive industry.)
TIP: There are other links to things like market share, market research reports, and industry trends and forecasts; to get to these materials is a little tricky. You need to do the following:
Click the link for the thing you want
ProQuest will bring back all of the documents about that topic in the database; it could be thousands!
Limit to your industry or company by scrolling to the bottom of the page and addting the connector AND plus your keywords (e.g. AND automotive industry)
Mergent is another source of compiled industry surveys both United States and global ones