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Library resources for business plans




Almanac of Business and Industrial Financial Ratios / by Leo Troy. Chicago : CCH Incorporated, 2005- Latest Print Edition Available in the Reference Desk HF5681.R25 T68

Provides financial ratios for companies in various asset ranges by SIC code. This publication is compiled from corporate tax returns, C and S, filed with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. According to the publisher, IRS data are the only publicly available financial information on all active corporations. Other sources cover large or publicly held corporations.

Industry norms and key business ratios, one year. [Murray Hill, N.J.] : Dun & Bradstreet Credit Services, c1989- Latest Print Edition Available in the Reference Desk HF5681.R25 I525

This publication uses information from D&B's Financial Information base of public and private companies in over 800 lines of business to calculate industry financial norms and ratios. These norms and ratios are classified by industry and asset size so they can be used as benchmarking tools for assessing the financial strength of a company in comparison with industry peers.

RMA annual statement studies. Philadelphia : Robert Morris Associates, c1977- Latest Print Edition Available in the Reference Desk HF5681.B2 A66

Contains composite financial data on manufacturing, wholesaling, retailing, service, and contracting lines of business. Arranged by SIC code, this work makes it possible to compare one company's performance relative to other companies in the same line of business.

This publication is compiled from more than 150,000 statements of commercial bank borrowers and prospects. These financial statements come directly to RMA from member institutions, who get their data straight from the customer. Most customers are, according to the RMA, small and medium size businesses. The data is presented by SIC (Standard Industrial Classification) or NAICS.

Standard & Poor's industry surveys.  [New York] Standard & Poor's Corp.  Latest Print Edition Available in the Reference Desk  HC106.6 .S74 

Industry ratios are provided at the end of each industry report.


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