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Start researching an industry by looking up a company engaged in the industry
If you don't know the NAICS/SIC or you're not sure what words will be used to name the industry, then start by looking up information about a specific company engaged in the industry. For example, industry resources might refer to:
and you might spend a lot of time hunting for the right words to describe the category. By looking up descriptive information for Ford Motor Company, you quickly discover:
3711 Motor Vehicles & Car Bodies
5012 Automobiles & Other Motor Vehicles
336111 Automobile Manufacturing
336211 Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing
The same advice holds true when beginning a search for articles providing an overview of an industry or industry trends. Instead of trying to figure out what words will describe the industry, search for the names of three or four major companies engaged in the industry since they're highly likely to be mentioned.
Starting with a company also helps identify horizontal or vertical diversification
For example, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is involved in many different industry sectors, including:
452990 - All Other General Merchandise Stores
445110 - Supermarkets and Other Grocery (except Convenience) Stores
446110 - Pharmacies and Drug Stores
452111 - Department Stores (except Discount Department Stores)
452910 - Warehouse Clubs and Superstores
722110 - Full-Service Restaurants
If your intent is to research drug stores as an industry then you're probably not going to search for industry data about "warehouse clubs & superstores".
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