Business Statistics

This research guide lists local, national and world resources related to key business statistics. Also listed are selected CD's and print resources that are good sources of statistical information.

Market and Business Data | Small Business Statistics and Ownership | Financial Statistics | Demographic and Economic | Labor | Global

Market and Business Data:

Agriculture Rankings by State and Commodity - U.S. , state, and county level agricultural statistics for many commodities and data series.

Business Week - Journal - Includes the ten best-paid trade group chiefs, the world's best investments through funds, the largest tax hikes since 1980, sales statistics, etc. Available through ABI/INFORM (ProQuest)or Business Source Premier (EBSCO)

Business Expenses Survey provides periodic national estimates on operating expenses for merchant wholesale, retail trade, and selected service industries

Census Bureau Economic Information - Includes the County Business Patterns, the Economic Census, Enteprise Statistics and many other wonderful sources.

County Business Patterns - This annual series includes a separate report for each State. The divisions of the economy covered are agricultural services, forestry, and fisheries; mining; contract construction; manufacturing; transportation and other public utilities; wholesale trade; retail trade; finance, insurance, and real estate; and services.

Consumer Price Indexes (CPI) --"A measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for a market basket of consumer goods and services."

Department of Commerce provides market research and business data. From the latest economic indicators, to trade, small businesses and job opportunities information.

Economic provides timely access to the daily releases of key economic indicators from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Enterprise Statistics - The data was collected in the Economic Censuses. Includes consolidated company data (sales, employment, payroll, form of organization and enterprise industry classification), supplementary data for large companies (inventories, assets, fringe benefits, capital and research and development (R&D) expenditures, and depreciation) and data for auxiliaries (sales, employment and payroll, billings, inventories, capital and R&D expenditures, and selected purchased services).

Forbes - Journal - Includes statistics such as "the 200 best small companies", "the 500 largest private companies" or "400 richest people in America ". Available through ABI/INFORM (ProQuest) or Business Source Premier (EBSCO)

Fortune - Journal - Includes the Global 500, company reputation ranking, Industry snapshots, the median return on assets for the Fortune 500 companies, and much more. Available through ABI/INFORM (ProQuest)or Business Source Premier (EBSCO)

Utah Labor Market Report/Annual Report of Labor Market Information -- Utah Department of Workforce Services Labor Market Information and Research

Producer Price Indexes (PPI) -- Contains indexes that measure the average change over time in selling prices received by domestic producers of goods and services.

U.S. Import and Export Price Indexes -- Monthly prices from 1993-2005.

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Small Business Statistics and Ownership:

Characteristics of Business Owners (CBO) provides the only national data available for comparing selected economic, demographic, and sociological characteristics among minority, women, nonminority male, and all business owners and their businesses.

Nonemployer Statistics summarizes the number of establishments and sales or receipts of businesses without paid employees that are subject to federal income tax. Most nonemployers are self-employed individuals operating very small unincorporated businesses, which may or may not be the owner's principal source of income.

The Survey of Business Owners and Self-Employed Persons (SBO) provides unique information about the characteristics of American business owners and their business activities. It is a sample survey taken every 5 years as part of the economic census. The SBO publications combine survey and census data, and provide statistics that describe the composition of U.S. businesses by gender, race, and ethnicity. Additional statistics include owner's age, education level, veteran status, and primary function in the business; family- and home-based businesses; types of customers and workers; and sources of financing for expansion, capital improvements, or start-up.

Statistics of US Businesses (SUSB) - Includes key economic data such companies establishments statistics, employment and annual payroll.

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Financial Statistics:

Annual Capital Expenditures (ACES) provides detailed and timely information on capital investment in new and used structures and equipment by nonfarm businesses. The survey is based on a sample of approximately 46,000 companies with employees and approximately 15,000 companies without employees.

Business Expenses Survey (BES) - To provide periodic national estimates on operating expenses for merchant wholesale, retail trade, and selected service industries.

Information and Communication Technology Survey (ICT) - collects investment figures related to technology falling below a company's capitalization threshold. This survey is sent to a sample of approximately 46,000 private non-farm employer businesses operating in the United States .

Quarterly Financial Report (QFR) - statistics on the financial position of U.S. corporations. Based upon a sample survey, the QFR presents estimated statements of income and retained earnings, balance sheets, and related financial and operating ratios for manufacturing corporations with assets of $250,000 and over; and mining, wholesale trade and retail trade corporations with assets of $50 million and over.

State of Utah comprehensive Annual Financial Report -- Department of Administrative Services, Division of Finance.

Economic Report to the Utah Governor - ERG - Economic Outlook, indicators(demographics, employment, exports, cost of living...), industry information. The best source for up to date Utah Economic information.

Economic Report of the President: 2006 Report Spreadsheet Tables -- Includes the following statistics: National Income or Expenditure, Population, Employment, Wages, and Productivity
Production and Business Activity, Prices, Money Stock, Credit, and Finance, Government Finance, Corporate Profits and Finance, Agriculture and International Statistics

EDGAR - Financial reports, of U.S. corporations from reports submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Includes annual reports, quarterly reports, balance sheet, income statement, security activity and analysis and much more.

Annual Report Service - You can access annual reports for free.

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Demographic and Economic:

Census Bureau State Data Centers - sources of demographic, economic, and social statistics produced by the Census Bureau

Census of Population and Housing - Social, population and housing statistics.

City Population -- Statistics and maps about the population of the major agglomerations of the world. Visualize the changes in population density.

Demographic and Economic State and County Profiles - "Quick, easy access to facts about people, business, and geography"

ECON 97 Report Series (issued April 2000) - CD-ROM - Government publication - Includes economy-wide key statistics for mining construction and manufacturing. It also includes the geographic Area Series that covers utilities, construction, wholesale, Retail trade, Transportation and Warehousing, Information, Finance and Insurance, Real Estate and Rental and Leasing, Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, Management of Companies and Enterprises, Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services, Educational Services, Health Care and Social Assistance, Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation, accommodation and Foodservices. Location: MGT/ECON/GOV - C3.277:CD-EC97-1/DISC:1C

Population, Housing, Economic and Geographic Data - From the U.S. Census Bureau

Regional Economic Forecasts -Bureau of Economic Analysis Regional Projection database holds demographic and income information for each state and the District of Columbia . The dataset holds historical and forecasted levels for population, personal income and employment and earnings by industry. The historical data cover 1969 to 1993, while the forecasts span 1998 to 2045.

Regional Economic Accounts - Includes state and local personal income, Gross State Product (GSP), local area personal income (REIS) and Regional Economic Multipliers (RIMS II).

The Sourcebook ZIP CODE Demographics 2000- Print - Includes all residential and non-residential U.S. ZIP Codes, business data including total firms and total employees, and spending potential indices for 20 product and service categories. Location: Mgt/Econ/Gov Info Ref HA 203 .S67

State and Metropolitan Area Data Book - A Statistical Abstract Supplement. Convenient summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the states and metropolitan areas of the United States . Statistical reference and guide to other statistical publications and sources.

Statistical Abstract of the U.S: The National Data Book - Summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States . Summary data for industries, other new tables cover such topics as the foreign-born population, health care expenditures, the Medicare trust fund, violence in schools, presale handgun checks, recycling programs, defense-related employment and spending, workplace violence, ownership of mutual funds, computer use, results of the 1997 agriculture, and mail order catalogue sales, 20th century statistics, presenting data beginning in 1900 (population, vital statistics, health, education, income, labor force, communications, agriculture, defense and other areas).

Statistical Abstract of the U.S. -- Selected reports from the print publication. Tables and charts on demographics, products, services and industries.

Utah Economic Report of the Governor - Includes population levels and characteristics, economic conditions and state revenues and expenditures, demographic, and demographic trends.

Utah Economic and Labor Market Information - Utah Department of Workforce Services

Utah Demographic and Economic Analysis Main Page -- Includes these reports: Data Guide Newsletter , Demographic Report , Demographic Projections , Utah Outlook (ERG Chapter) ,Utah Population Estimates Committee (UPEC) , Unemployment and Income, and the Urban and Rural Economic Indicators.

White House Briefing Room -- Includes a selection of federal economic and social statistics as well as full range of statistics and information produced by Federal agencies.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics -- "Essential statistical data". Includes Occupational Outlook Handbook, FedStats (Statistics from 70 federal agencies),and the Economic Research Service.

Current Population Survey -- Statistics on the labor force of the U.S.

National income and product accounts of the United States -- Includes 142 NIPA summary tables, and national income and product accounts (NIPA) for the period between 1929 and 1998.

Regional Labor Information - From the US Department of Labor

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Balance of Payments (International Transactions) by Bureau or Economic analysis (BEA)

ChildStats International Comparisons by Federal Interagency Forum

Country Analysis Briefs by the Energy Information Administration -

Country Profiles by the Central Intelligence Agency

Demographic Indicators for Countries by the U.S. Census Bureau

Direct Investment by the Bureau or Economic analysis (BEA) - U.S. direct investment abroad & Foreign direct investment in the U.S.

FedStats Regional Statistics -- Look under "international"

GLOBUS & NTDB -- Indexes 90,000 descriptive documents and statistical tables about U.S. trade promotion and foreign import/export policies, practices, statistics, etc.

InfoNation -- Statistics on 185 United Nations member countries.

International Comparisons by National Center for Education Statistics

International Business Tax Statistics by the U.S. IRS

International Investment Position by the Bureau or Economic analysis (BEA) - Annual estimates of the value of accumulated stocks of U.S.-owned assets abroad and of foreign-owned assets in the United States .

PopNet -- The Source for Global Population Information.

Trade in Goods and Services by Bureau or Economic analysis (BEA) - Annual estimates of trade in services and of sales of services in international markets through U.S. and foreign affiliates of multinational companies

YourNation -- Compare nations of the world in many areas. Information retrieved from the CIA World Factbook, 1998.

The World Factbook. Print - Released by the US Central Intelligence Agency in 1999. Data available for more than 260 countries. Includes the map and flag, geographic, population, government, economic, communication, transportation, military, and transnational issue information.

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Please send questions and comments to

Leticia Camacho
Business Librarian
1521 Harold B. Lee Library
(801) 422-1970