This section provides resources that contain composite or aggregate statistics. These are statistics that reflect numbers for an entire industry and not individual companies. For example, if you are interested in the computer hardware industry, you might want to find statistics such as the following:
Another important statistic is that for industry operating and financial ratios.SEE BELOW for information on industry ratios and norms and a list of resources containing industry norms and ratios.
Three groups of statistical resources will be covered in this section:
Directories and Services (for composite statistics):
A ratio is calculated by dividing one number by another number. Information you find on a company's financial statement can be used to calculate financial ratios that can be compared to industry norms. These ratios can also be used to compare a company with its competitors.
There are many different kinds of financial ratios. Ratios are traditionally grouped to represent five different aspects of business:, , , and . The most common liquidity ratio is the . This can be calculated by dividing the company's current assets by its current liabilities.
For more information on calculating financial ratios and their use, see the following books in the Baylor Library:
The following resources are the most common sources of industry norms and ratios: