Magazine, trade publication and newspaper articles can be excellent sources of information about industries. Try searching for the name of your industry.
If you get too many results, try narrowing down your search by adding in additional keywords or terms related to what you want to find out "about" that industry. Are you looking for sales, projections, trends, forecasts or something related to their supply chain or operations?
If you don't get any results, you may be using too many keywords or need to think of your industry more broadly. For example, if you can't find any information on the pen industry, maybe you should look for information on the office supply industry.
Trade associations & organizations can provide a wealth of information and statistics about an industry. Sometimes, this information is restricted to members-only. It's usually worth taking a look at their site to see what may be available for free.
If it is a members-only site, see if the association has been quoted in business trade publications, newspapers or magazines. You can do this by using their name as a search term in the databases listed under the "Business Articles" tab.
Search today's Wall Street Journal articles or search across all issues of the Wall Street Journal dating back to the early 1980s. Note: does not include the financial pages of quotes, charts and data.
A database containing primarily legal, business, and newspaper sources. A website that allows you to search the major metropolitan or regional business journals. Great resource for finding articles about private companies or local information about large public companies. Most articles are available for free.