Key business ratios measure, illustrate, and summarize a company's financial data with its competitors or peers. This comparison can provide an accurate picture of a company's financial health and its standing in the industry.
The good news is that the library has several sources that provide business ratios. However, not every database covers every industry to the detail you may want or the specific company you may need. You might need to consult multiple sources before you find the information you are seeking. All of the databases recommended below allow you to download data into Microsoft Excel.
D&B Key Business Ratios offers both company and industry ratios. From the homepage, select the Ratios link in top menu (in the top right corner in most browsers).
Gale Business: Insights allows you to find individual company ratios and compare them to major or selected competitors, then export the information to Microsoft Excel.
Mergent Online offers historical ratios for companies that can be downloaded into Microsoft Excel or printed.
Plunkett Research Online offers individual company ratios and options to compare to industry averages or other companies. The information is available as a PDF or exportable to Microsoft Excel.
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