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last updated: 7/10/2013

Apparel Industry Research Guide


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  • News and Journal Articles
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    Company Information
    Amadeus  - about
    Public and Private European Companies only.  Can search by geography, industry codes, size criteria, financial data and more.  Select desired criteria from the "Expert Search" list of variables.  Click on "OK" on bottom right when finished.  To view the list and export a report, click on the "List" tab at the top of the page. 
    Hoovers Online  - abouthelp
    International.  Public and Private Companies.   Search by company name or ticker.  Profile will include address and phone, overview, financial data, key people, SIC and NAICS codes, competitors, and rankings.
    LexisNexis Academic   - about help
    International.  Public and Private Companies.  Select "Companies" from the left of the page, then "Company Dossier".  Search by company name or ticker.  Snapshot will include address and phone number, recent stock activity, NAICS and SIC codes, financials, executives, current news, bond ratings and competitor list.
    Mergent Online   - about help
    International.  Public and Private Companies.  Can search by geography, size, industry codes, in-depth financial data and more.  Select the "Advanced Search" tab and build search of desired criteria.  Customize output. 
    Thomson ONE   - about
    Select "Screening and Analysis" from the bottom left. This resource is only available using Internet Explorer.

    Industry Information
    Hoover's Online   - abouthelp
    International.  Public and Private Companies.  Can search by geography, size, industry codes, financial data and more.  Select "Build A List" on the right and select desired criteria.   
    MarketLine Advantage   - about
    (Previously Datamonitor)  MarketLine offers a collection of company, industry, financial, product and country information, research and data extending over all major marketplaces and industries.
    Passport GMID: Global Market Information Database   - about
    Locate demographic, economic and marketing statistics for 205 countries, as well as detailed income, expenditure and lifestyle statistics. Access 4500 consumer lifestyle reports.
    S&P Netadvantage   - about help
    Click on the "Industries" tab, top of page, use the drop down box under "Industry Surveys".  Qualitative and quantitative in-depth S&P research and analysis covering 55 industries.

    News and Journal Articles
    ABI/Inform    - about help
    More than 2,965 full-text titles covering business and economic conditions, corporate strategies, management techniques, as well as competitive and product information.
    Business Source Premier    - about -  help
    Full text from more than 2300 business journals, including The Harvard Business Review
    Factiva (includes Women’s Wear Daily)   -about help
    More than 25,000 sources including the The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, and the Dow Jones and Reuters newswires.
    LexisNexis Academic    - abouthelp
    Access over 6,000 news, business, and legal sources.
    RDS Business Reference Suite (includes Women’s Wear Daily)   - abouthelp
    Full text from trade and industry publications, regional, national and international newspapers, business dailies and management journals.
    Vogue Archive    - about
    A fully searchable, full content run of the U.S. edition of Vogue magazine from its first issue in 1892 to the present month.

    Market Research   - about -  help 
    Market Research reports. Look under the "Demographic" heading.
    Mintel Reports   - about
    Consumer market studies by Mintel analysts. Covers food, beverage, apparel, beauty and personal, retail, travel and more. Each study provides a synthesis of both primary and secondary data and analysis. International in scope but strong in European countries and the U.S.
    Passport GMID: Global Market Information Database   - about
    Locate demographic, economic and marketing statistics for 205 countries, as well as detailed income, expenditure and lifestyle statistics. Access 4500 consumer lifestyle reports.
    RDS Business Reference Suite   - about -   help
    Subjects covered include: market share, company and brand rankings, industry and product forecasts, production and consumption statistics, imports and exports, usage and capacity, number of users and outlets, trends and demographics. Most of this information is in the database "Tablebase" so be sure to put a check in that box.
    Simmons OneView   - about
    Provides data on adult U.S. consumers based on national surveys. The data includes consumer demographics (age, gender, income ...),consumer psychographics (behavior, attitudes ...) and buying and media habits.
    SimplyMap   - about
    Web-based mapping application that lets users create professional-quality thematic maps and reports using demographic, business, and marketing data.

    Advertising Information
    Advertising Redbooks    - about
    Contains exclusive information on over 24,000 U.S. and international advertisers who each spend more than $200,000 annually on advertising. Each listing includes advertising expenditures by media, current agency, fiscal year-end and annual sales, contact information on key personnel, brand name info, SIC classifications and other key data.
    SRDS Standard Rate and Data Service
    Provider of media rate and data for newspapers, magazines, television, radio, and cable stations. Found in four print volumes located in the Reference collection of the Business/SPEA Information Commons.

    Trade Associations and Websites
    American Apparel & Footwear Association
    National trade association representing apparel, footwear and other sewn products companies, and their suppliers, which compete in the global market.
    Association for Retail Environments
    Represents the retail environments industry (store fixture suppliers, retail design firms, suppliers of visual merchandising products). Access their trade journal Retail Environments.
    Just Style
    Textile, apparel, and footwear industry news analysis and research.
    National Retail Federation
    The world’s largest retail trade organization.
    National Shoe Retailer’s Association
    Trade organization representing independent shoe retailers.
    Texas Fashion Collection
    A non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and documentation of historically significant fashion.
    Trendzine Fashion Information
    A womenswear forecasting and trend reporting service offering a close and detailed insight into fashion trends from a unique perspective.


    Journals useful for apparel industry research. Those with an asterisk are peer reviewed.

    Apparel Magazine
    Clothing and Textiles Research Journal*
    Fashion Theory*
    Global Apparel Retail
    International Journal of Clothing Science and Technology*
    Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management*
    Textile World
    Women's Wear Daily (WWD)

    last updated: 7/10/2013