These are questions and sources which will start you on your research. They may provide you with an overview of the industry and specific sources to consult.
Search under Industries, Plunkett Reports
This is often difficult to determine as figures from different sources may vary widely. Some suggested sources are as follows:
Database Searches in the following may be helpful.
Some questions to research:
Who are the dominant players? This is often found in industry overviews and articles. When searching databases use the industry name or SIC (Standard Industrial Classification) or North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) codes (if the database allows) and terms such as: market share, rank, ranking, top or leaders.
Total Size/Sales of the Industry:
Use the databases and resources such as the S&P Industry Surveys in the NetAdvantage database and Statista recommended above.
Some things to consider:
Use similar sources and strategies that you used in searches on market share. Use terms such as: new product(s), service introduction, product introduction.
Wire Services and news releases by companies themselves are often the first place where new products are announced.
What sort of laws or regulations might effect the particular industry that you are researching? You should look at not just current laws/regulations but also pending or future regulations/court cases.
Internet Search for Organizations and Their Publications
Search as in the example below which uses the Advanced Search feature found in Google.
Trade Shows can be useful in determining new products and current state of the industry. Many but not all are open to the public. Use a similar search as the one above on organizations to find shows of interest.
Search databases mentioned previously.