Overviews and Analysis

Useful for understanding the growth and impact of digital technology on industries, especially multi-channel retail.

Business Insider Intelligence

Technology-related news and reports. Individual account required. 

Good coverage of e-commerce and industries/issues adjacent to retail, including payments, delivery & logistics.

IBISWorld

IBISWorld publishes reports on industries in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and China.

MarketResearch.com Academic

Reports from market research firms covering health care, consumer goods, publishing, manufacturing, and other markets and industries.

Packaged Facts reports cover the US retail market.

Mintel Reports

U.S. consumer market studies and primary and secondary data analysis for topics including food, beverage, apparel, beauty, retail, and travel. Demographic specific reports are also available.  

Passport

Market research reports on consumer products and industries worldwide from Euromonitor International.

Excellent global coverage of consumer industries, including retail.  To navigate to retail-related content, select "Industries," then "Services - Retailing."

Standard & Poor's NetAdvantage

Detailed descriptions of companies, industries, and mutual funds.

Provides thorough U.S. industry overviews on Multi-line Retail; Specialty Retail; Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods; and Food & Staples Retailing.

Companies

To created a targeted list of retail/luxury goods companies, see: How do I create a list of companies by industry, location, and/or size?

National Retail Federation Annual Retailer Lists

Features Top 100 Retailers, 100 Fastest Growing Retailers, Top 250 Global Retailers.

Thomson ONE

Thomson ONE features market quotes, earnings estimates, financial fundamentals, press releases, transaction data, corporate filings, ownership profiles and research from Thomson Financial.

Search for public company research and industry primers from top investment banks.

Top 500 Guide

Ranking of the top 500 ecommerce sites based on annual sales. Published by Internet Retailer, the guide also includes analysis and additional market data.

Statistics

eMarketer

Market data, statistics, and analysis on the Internet, e-business, online marketing, media, and emerging technologies.

Passport

Market research reports on consumer products and industries worldwide from Euromonitor International.

All of Passport's related retail reports contain comprehensive statistics covering market share, channel distribution & category sales distribution, etc.  Strong international coverage.

Statista

Statista is a searchable database of statistics, studies, dossiers, infographics and more. HBS alumni version available via eBaker. 

United States Census Bureau: Retail Trade

Provides the industry monthly sales and inventory data, annual survey data from the past ten-plus years, and detailed county-by-county data for every state in the U.S.

News and Journals

Business of Fashion

 Business intelligence and news on emerging designers, disruptive technologies and global brands in the fashion and luxury goods industries.  Use your Harvard email to sign up for an account entitling you to three free articles per month.

Chain Store Age

A leading trade journal of the retail industry.  Produces annual State of the Industry Report and Chain Store Age Top 100. Current content and past two years is available freely online; for back issues, check Harvard availability.

Digital Commerce 360

Freely available news covering e-retailing, B2B e-commerce, and digital healthcare. 

Journal of Retailing

Theoretical and empirical research on retailing. Focus is on operations management and technology. Coverage from 1964-present is available online.  For issues prior to 1964, use the print holdings.

MMR: The Newspaper for Drug, Discount, and Supermarket Chains

News, opinion, features, financial highlights, profiles, and statistics on the industry. Available online from 2009-present.  For back issues, use the print holdings.

Women's Wear Daily

Provides access to Women's Wear Daily Current and The Women's Wear Daily Archive, covering the United States and international fashion and beauty businesses. Both current access and archive include advertising images.

Careers, Associations and Events

Careers

Business of Fashion

 Business intelligence and news on emerging designers, disruptive technologies and global brands in the fashion and luxury goods industries.  Use your Harvard email to sign up for an account entitling you to three free articles per month.

BoF's Careers site is searchable by function, level, and  location. 

Vault Online Career Library

In-depth industry guides including internship information, career advice and user-generated content on companies and career issues. HBS alumni version available via eBaker. 

Associations & Events

American Apparel and Footwear Association

Publications and statistics on the industry, manufacturing, trends, regulations, and ShoeStats reports. 

Convenience Distribution Association (CDA)

Lists the organization contacts, activities, and publications such as state of the industry reports (free for members).

National Retail Federation

Represents state and national associations as well as large and small corporate members. Its site offers industry news, trends and statistics, directories, event listings, information on hot topics and government affairs.

Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)

Gives position papers and research in the areas of asset protection, finance, human resources, supply chain, sustainability and government affairs.