Answered By: Meghan Dolan
Last Updated: Jan 08, 2016     Views: 472

Industry analysis: historical
What resources will help me analyze an industry over time?


For historical industry overviews & reports, use the following resources:

  • S&P Net Advantage Industry Surveys: Click on "Industries" from the top menu.  Open an industry survey of your choice.  Once you are in the survey, you can change the date on the top of the page for historical content.
  • IBISWorld: Search for the industry you are looking for.  Click into a report of your choice ("Fast Food in the US," e.g.).  At the top of the report, click on the books icon for the backfile of reports on the topic.
  • ThomsonONE industry reports: See our Fast Answer on how to find industry analyst reports.  Change the date range in the search to "All" to capture historical reports.
  • Sanford Bernstein reports in Business Source Complete: Coverage from the 1970s-2012.  To locate these in Business Source Complete, type "black book" or "white book" into the search box and select Publication Name from the drop-down menu on the right.  In the additional box(es) below, type in any relevant keywords.

For additional historical analysis of an industry, you can search for articles in Factiva, ABI, and/or Business Source Complete .