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Market Share

Industry profiles often note "market share" of companies (sometimes products too). Note what is being covered -- the geography (U.S.? North America?). If it's a common product sold in supermarkets, is the data from supermarkets - or any place the product is sold? The market share has many definitions; these sources can provide some data for your research:

How significant is your target company in its industry? The following 2 sources are best bets to start.

Further, news about your company, in periodical articles and newspapers, may note the market share too. Yet, the phrasing might be different. 

  •   If you know the product(s), consider searching for the product name and add a phrase such as "market share" .
  •   Or, in Advanced Search, in the first search box enter the product name, and in the second search box, add more than one phrase, for example:  "market share" or "share of the market"

     check key Company News page for the top recommended online resources.


Business Rankings

How does your target company compare to others? While a company or industry profile often has brief information, consider also checking the key sources listed below.

Also, "trade periodicals" - what executives read for news in their industry - might have annual top/ranked lists of companies.  Or, another magazine could compile a ranking. For example, Newsweek lists America's Greenest Companies. Check the "Best Bets" for business databases.

Addresses, Lists, and Contact Information

Create customized lists of potential target companies with these online resources.

Best bet - Reference USA. It includes both large and very small companies, and has easy industry category searching by key word.

Mergent Intellect typically has more information on a company, but searching by industry category is more complex.

If you want lists of companies that are "public" , Mergent Online is a best bet.

If you want lists of large private companies based in the U.S., PrivCo is an excellent resource.

If you want lists of U.S. manufacturers, consider Thomas Register.