Database of the Month: IBISWorld Industry Research

The IBISWorld Industry Research database has been a vital resource here at the Bentley Library for several years. For those of you who may not be familiar, here’s what you need to know about IBISWorld:

Report Types:

  • IBISWorld provides U.S. Industry Reports for 700+ industries.
  • Users can also find hundreds of U.S. Specialized Industry Reports for niche and emerging markets. Examples of specialized reports include Car Sharing Providers, Craft Beer Production, and Fantasy Sports Services.
  • The database includes access to 75 Global Industry Reports, which focus on industry performance in key regions like Europe, Asia, the Middle East and more.
  • Supplementary Brexit Impact Statements are available for all U.K. industries. These updates provide a briefing on the rapidly changing U.K. economy and the short-term threats, opportunities, and developments affecting each industry.

Report Contents:

  • Each industry report is approximately 30-40 pages in length and is updated regularly (up to 3 times per year), ensuring that they reflect the current state of an industry.
  • Reports contain trends, statistics, and analysis on industry performance, products and markets, the competitive landscape, major competitors in the industry, and operating conditions.
  • Each report examines details such as supply chain linkages, demand determinants, cost structure benchmarks, basis of competition, barriers to entry, capital intensity, revenue volatility, and regulations and policies.
  • Key statistics include industry data and financial ratios.
  • 5-year forecasts for each industry.
Each IBISWorld industry report includes 9 chapters, and 34 sub-chapters of industry insights, analysis, and data.

Connect to IBISWorld

Please visit our Databases A-Z page and select IBISWorld Industries and Markets to begin your search.


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Database of the Month: IBISWorld Business Environment Reports

A few months ago we profiled IBISWorld’s Industry Market Research Reports, but IBISWorld has even more to offer!  The Library’s subscription to IBISWorld also provides access to their Business Environment Reports and Business Environment Monitor Reports.

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Description & Key Features:

IBISWorld’s Business Environment Reports offer data and analysis that give context to companies, industries, and the U.S. economy.   IBIS uses an “outside-looking-in” approach to explain how economic, demographic and other changes impact on people, enterprises and commerce.  These reports contain interesting and hard-to-find economic facts and figures.

Business Environment Research Reports center around 7 environments – Consumer Behavior & Attitudes, Developed & Natural Resources, Domestic Economy & External Accounts, Financial Market, Goods and Services Prices, International Economy & Commodities, and Labor & Demographics.  Business Environment Research Reports are available as brief reports (3-4 pages) on around 300 key Business Environment indicators, and include such topics as:

IBISWorld’s Business Environment Monitor Reports provide an overview of the U. S. economy. Each report provides data and analysis from six related Business Environment elements and presents both the historical trend and a 5-year forecast period.  Data tables can be downloaded into Excel.

Connect to this Database:

Please visit IBISWorld to explore this valuable database further, or visit our Databases page to view a complete list of our resources.
Database of the Month provides a very brief introduction to an important research database, highlighting key features of the database that you should know about. If you would like more information about this database (or any of the library’s databases) please contact the Reference Desk.  If you would like a demonstration of this database for a class, please contact our Coordinator of User Education, Elizabeth Galoozis.

IBISWorld Industry Research Reports Database

We are happy to announce the addition of a new industry research database – IBISWorld Industry Market Research.  IBISWorld industry reports provide researchers with up-to-date, detailed information about 700+ U.S. Industries.  Here’s what you should know about IBISWorld:

  • IBISWorld provides reports for all of the 723 U.S. industries as categorized by NAICS, enabling you to look into any sector across the entire U.S. economy.
  • Each report is approximately 25-30 pages in length and is updated regularly (many are updated as often as 3 times per year), ensuring that they reflect the current state of an industry.
  • Supplementary Recession Updates are also now available for all industries. These updates provide a briefing on today’s rapidly changing economy and the short-term implications for an industry.
  • IBISWorld reports contain trends, statistics and analysis on market size, market share of competitors and industry growth rates. Major market segments are identified and also those forces affecting demand and supply within the industry. Performance analysis includes emerging industry trends as well as recent production performance.
  • Each comprehensive study also examines details such as: the barriers to entry, operating cost structure (industry averages), technology & systems and domestic & international markets.  Tables and statistics include: industry revenue, exports, imports, wages and number of companies in the industry
  • Drawing on the depth of information IBISWorld also provides 5 year forecasts for each industry.

Try it today! IBISWorld is accessible from both on and off-campus.  Go to the library’s Databases A-Z page and click on IBISWorld. We want your feedback: Please send us an email to let us know what you think about IBISWorld.   If you have any questions or need further assistance please contact the Reference Desk.