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Financial ratios and industry averages are useful for comparing a company with its industry for benchmarking purposes. Some of the most common are:
Database tips for finding ratios:
Almanac of Business & Industrial Financial Ratios (Print Resource)
Provides financial ratios for companies in various asset ranges by NAICS code. Data reported are based on aggregate numbers from IRS records.
Call Number: Business Library Reference Collection HF5681 R25 T68
Factiva (Dow Jones)
Newspapers, trade and scholarly journals, TV and radio transcripts, and news wires from more than 200 countries in 26 languages. Information on publicly traded companies, industry ratios, trade associations, and relevant news articles is under the Companies/Markets tab. (Updated daily, dates vary by title)
Access: Available to anyone on-campus. Available off campus for UW-Madison students, faculty and staff only. Licensed for 3 simultaneous users.
IBISWorld: Industry Reports
Market research reports on over 700 different industries in the United States, organized by NAICS code. The reports include key statistics, market segmentation, life cycle, regulation, market share, industry outlook, and more.
Access: Available to anyone on-campus. Available off campus for UW-Madison students, faculty and staff only.
Industry Norms and Key Business Ratios (Print Resource)
Arranged by SIC code, provides financial norm and business ratio data developed from actual company income statements and balance sheets.
Call Number: Business Library Reference Collection HF5681 R25 I5
RMA Annual Statement Studies (Print Resource)
Contains composite financial data on manufacturing, wholesaling, retailing, service, and contracting lines of business. Arranged by NAICS code, this work makes it possible to compare one company’s performance relative to other companies in the same line of business.
Call Number: Business Library Reference Collection HF5681 B2 R6