Answered By: Susan Van Alstyne
Last Updated: Dec 19, 2019     Views: 511

Mergent Online and the Yahoo Finance Industry Center are two places to start searching for industry and company ratios. You can access Mergent on the library A-Z Databases List. 

Financial ratios are often used to compare a company against an industry average or other companies  in order to benchmark or measure a company’s performance.  Industry ratios are often useful when creating the financial components of a business plan. 

From Mergent, you can run an advanced search by the same NAICS code, then run a comparison report or use the "Competitors" tab in Mergent to select companies ans build a list of competitors to compare their ratios. 

Depending on the assignment, there are additional resources where you will find industry ratios such as the following websites. 

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