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Business and industry sector reports

Find out more about business and industry sector reports from the ICAEW Library & Information Service's company research services.

The reports provide simple spreadsheets of comparative data (in Excel format) for the top companies within the industry sector and segment of your choice. The reports are produced using the latest data available from FAME and reflect the make-up of the list at the time. Reports usually include the top 100 companies but in more specialised sectors with fewer than 100 companies we show all companies with disclosed figures.

We can provide:

  • Key players reports
  • Mailing lists
  • Market reports

Data for our industry reports is supplied by FAME, a company and financial database. It provides detailed company information, including addressed and contacts, on UK and Irish public and private companies.

What information do the reports contain?

We offer three types of report for the industry sector and segment of your choice, each containing different data. Please note that full financial data may not be available for every company within the top 100 for more specialist industries.

Key players report

Information on companies comparing:

  • company name
  • turnover
  • profit (loss) before taxation
  • tangible assets (liabilities)
  • shareholders funds
  • profit margin
  • return on shareholders funds
  • return on capital employed
  • solvency ratio
  • gearing ratio
  • number of employees.

View a sample key players report (XLS 128kb) showing the data available for companies in a fictitious sector.

Mailing list

Mailing information for companies, including:

  • name of firm
  • turnover
  • telephone number
  • address
  • type of business.

Market report

Aggregated data for the whole sector covering the last 10 years (please note the number of companies for which data is aggregated will vary for any given year).

This data is grouped into seven categories:

  • key financials and employees
  • profit and loss account
  • balance sheet
  • cash flow statement
  • financial ratios
  • financial trends and changes
  • profitability trends and changes.

View a sample market report (XLS 28kb) showing the data available for a fictitious sector.

Which sectors can I choose?

Please select one of the following sector reports when you request a report.

  • Advertising agencies
  • Alcoholic drinks
    • Beverage serving activities
    • Manufacture of alcoholic beverages
    • Wholesale of wine beer spirits and other
    • Retail sale of beverages in specialised stores
  • Arable farming
    • Growing of cereals leguminous crops and oil seeds
    • Growing of vegetables and melons roots and tubers
    • Support activities for crop production
  • Architectural activities
  • Aviation
    • Manufacture of air and spacecraft and related machinery
    • Passenger air transport
    • Freight air transport
  • Beauty
    • Wholesale of perfume and cosmetics
    • Retail sale of cosmetic and toilet articles in specialised stores
    • Hairdressing and other beauty treatment
  • Biotechnology – Research and experimental development on biotechnology
  • Boat and yacht – Building of ships and boats
  • Bookselling – Retail sale of books in specialised stores
  • Bus and coach – Urban, suburban and passenger land transport other than railway
  • Care
    • Residential nursing care activities
    • Residential care activities for learning disabilities mental health and substance abuse
    • Residential care activities for the elderly and disabled
    • Social work activities without accommodation for the elderly and disabled
    • Child day-care activities
  • Confectionery
    • Manufacture of cocoa chocolate and sugar confectionery
    • Retail sale of bread cakes flour confectionery and sugar
  • Construction
    • Construction of commercial buildings
    • Construction of domestic buildings
    • Construction of roads and railways
    • Specialised construction activities
  • Cycling
  • Dairy – Raising of dairy cattle
  • Dental practice activities
  • DIY – Retail sale of hardware paints and glassware in specialised stores
  • Driving school activities
  • Electrical retail
    • Retail sale of information and communication equipment in specialised stores
    • Retail sale of electrical household appliances in specialised stores
  • Employment agencies
    • Activities of employment placement agencies
    • Temporary employment placement agency activities
  • Engineering
    • Civil engineering
    • Engineering activities and related technical consultancy
  • Equine – Companies in the equine industry, including activities of racehorse owners
  • Extractive
    • Mining of coal and lignite and mining of metal ores
    • Mining and quarrying not elsewhere classified
    • Quarrying of stone sand and clay
  • Fashion
    • Manufacture of wearing apparel
    • Manufacture of leather and related products
    • Manufacture of jewellery and related articles
    • Agents involved in the sale of textiles clothing fur footwear and leather goods
    • Wholesale of clothing and footwear
    • Retail sale of clothing in specialised stores
    • Retail sale of footwear and leather goods in specialised stores
    • Retail sale of watches and jewellery in specialised stores
  • Fast food – Restaurants and mobile food service activities
  • Film
    • Motion picture video and television programme production activities
    • Motion picture video and television programme post-production activities
    • Motion picture video and television programme distribution activities (including licensing)
  • Fishing and aquaculture
  • Food retail
    • Retail sale in non-specialised stores with food beverages or tobacco predominating
    • Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores
  • Freight forwarding – Other transportation support activities
  • Funeral and related activities
  • Gambling and betting activities
  • Garages
    • Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles
    • Retail sale of automotive fuel in specialised stores
  • Healthcare
    • Hospital activities
    • General medical practice activities
    • Specialist medical practice activities
  • Horticulture
    • Wholesale of flowers and plants
    • Retail sale of flowers plants seeds fertilisers pet animals and pet food
    • Landscape service activities
    • Botanical and zoological gardens and nature reserve activities
  • Hotels and similar accommodation
  • Insurance
    • Life insurance
    • Non-life insurance
  • IT
    • Manufacture of computers and peripheral equipment
    • Wholesale of computers computer peripheral equipment and software
    • Software publishing
    • Computer programming activities
    • Computer consultancy activities
    • Computer facilities management activities
    • Data processing hosting and related activities
  • Legal activities
  • Livestock farming
    • Raising of cattle, sheep, goats and swine/pigs
    • Support activities for animal production
  • Motor
    • Manufacture of motor vehicles
    • Manufacture of bodies for motor vehicles manufacture of trailers and semitrailers
    • Manufacture of parts and accessories for motor vehicles
    • Sale of motor vehicles
    • Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories
    • Renting and leasing of motor vehicles
  • Music – Sound recording and music publishing activities and reproduction of sound recording
  • Offshore wind companies
  • Oil and gas
    • Extraction of crude petroleum and natural gas
    • Support activities for petroleum and natural gas extraction
  • Packaging
    • Manufacture of corrugated paper and paperboard and of containers of paper and paperboard
    • Manufacture of plastic packing goods
    • Packaging activities
  • Pet
    • Manufacture of prepared pet foods
    • Veterinary activities
  • Pharmaceutical
    • Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations
    • Wholesale of pharmaceutical goods
    • Dispensing chemist in specialised stores
  • Photographic activities
  • Postal
    • Postal activities under universal service obligation
    • Other postal and courier activities
  • Printing and publishing
    • Printing and service activities related to printing
    • Publishing of books periodicals and other publishing activities
  • Property
    • Development of building projects
    • Buying and selling of own real estate
    • Renting and operating of own or leased real estate
    • Renting and operating of Housing Association real estate
    • Real estate agencies
  • Rail – Passenger rail transport
  • Renewable energy companies
  • Restaurants and mobile food service activities
  • Retail banking – Banks
  • Road haulage – Freight transport by road
  • Shipping
    • Building of ships and boats
    • Sea and coastal passenger water transport
    • Sea and coastal freight water transport
    • Service activities incidental to water transportation
  • Sports
    • Retail sale of sporting equipment in specialised stores
    • Sports and recreation education
    • Operation of sports facilities
    • Activities of sport clubs
    • Fitness facilities
  • Surveying
    • Engineering related scientific and technical consulting activities
    • Quantity surveying activities
  • Taxi operation
  • Telecommunications
    • Wired telecommunications activities
    • Wireless telecommunications activities
  • Toy
    • Manufacture of games and toys
    • Retail sale of games and toys in specialised stores
  • Travel agency activities
  • Utility companies – Electricity
    • Production of electricity
    • Distribution of electricity
  • Utility companies – Gas – Manufacture of gas distribution of gaseous fuels through mains
  • Video games – Ready-made interactive leisure and entertainment software and publishing of computer games

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