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International Business Research

Key Databases

Library Databases:

  • Hoover's...Click on "Browse Hoover's Industries"
  • IBISWorld..."Products & Markets" and "Competitive Landscape" sections of a report have global information
  • Plunkett Research...Includes "Asian Companies" and "Canadian Industries" categories 

    These databases are mostly US-based, but have some global coverage. 

Free:

 

Industry Classification

Abbreviation

Full Name

Note

  NAICS

  North American Industry Classification System

  Compatible with ISIC 

  SIC

  Standard Industrial Classification

  Replaced by NAICS

  SITC

  United Nations Standard International Trade Classification

  Sponsor: UN  

  ISIC

  International Standard Industrial Classification

  Sponsor: UN

  UKSIC

  United Kingdom’s Standard Industrial Classification of Economic Activities

  Sponsor: UK Office of National Statistics

  GICS

  Global Industry Classification System

  Sponsor: Standard & Poor’s

Product /Service Classification

Abbreviation

Full Name

Note

  CPC

  Central Product Classification

  Sponsor: UN

  CPA

  Classification of Products by Activity

  Sponsor: EU

  UNSPSC

  United Nations Standard Products and Services Code

 

  HS

  Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System

  Sponsor: UN

  HTS

  Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States

  Sponsor: US International Trade Commission

  Schedule B

  Statistical Classification of Domestic and Foreign Commodities Exported from the United States

  9,000 export codes

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