Thanks for getting back to me with your clarification. I'm happy to
provide you the information you requested on subscription services for
finding information on companies.
The two best resources, for starters, are Reference USA and Dun and Bradstreet.
Reference USA is probably your best choice IF you are lucky enough to
have access to it. The service is subscription-based, but it's
subscribers are institutions -- mostly libraries, universities and the
You should begin by checking your local public library, to see if they
can offer access to Reference USA (or to other business-oriented
databases). Many libraries these days actually offer their clientele
on-line access to databases. In the best scenario, your local library
will be able to offer access to electronic databases that you can
access from the convenience of your desktop computer.
If you'd like, you can let me know what city and state you are in, and
I can check the local libraries myself, and let you know what's
Reference USA contains information on 12 million businesses across the
US. You can get a feel for the scope of information availability at
What is ReferenceUSA?
ReferenceUSA is an Internet-based reference service from the Library
Division of infoUSA. The site was designed for use as a reference tool
in libraries and is continually enhanced based upon suggestions from
librarians and library patrons.
The ReferenceUSA database contains, in module format, detailed
information on more than 12 million U.S. businesses; 102 million U.S.
residents; 683,000 U.S. health care providers; 1 million Canadian
businesses; and 11 million Canadian residents. Libraries may customize
the product by purchasing one or more of these five distinct modules.
A typical information record in Reference USA includes the following
sorts of information:
KRAMER BOOKS INC
1521 CONNECTICUT AVE NW
WASHINGTON, DC 20036-1103
Lines of Business--BOOK DEALERS-RETAIL
Estimated Sales: $500,000 to $1 MILLION
Again, it will take a bit of luck -- and the right library -- to get
access to this database. If your local library doesn't offer it, you
might want to ask friends and colleagues to check their libraries --
if you can swing it, this is a very useful resource.
Another resource is Dun and Bradstreet. Again, D&B data is often made
available through library subscriptions. But unlike Reference USA,
D&B data can also be accessed by individuals, even without an
For starters, head to:
Use the self-explanatory search form to search for a business of interest to you.
For instance, using the above company as an example, the search
returns a link to their Kramerbooks reports. Four reports can be
purchased, including one called the "Credit eValuator Report". This
is D&B's least expensive report, and includes sales figures, so this
might be your best bet.
You can see an example of these reports at:
As you can see, they provide a specific sales figure when available
($797,000 on the sample report) rather than a range figure, like the
ones used by Reference USA.
The Credit eValuator reports cost $24.99 each if purchased individually.
However, you can also subscribe to D&B's least expensive subscription
service -- Credit Essentials Subscription -- for $9.99/month, and you
can get access to a few free Credit eValuator reports (only four per
year, I'm afraid!).
Other subscriptions -- starting at $49.99/month -- will provide access
to a larger number of reports without additional charges.
And again, the information may be available at no cost through your local library.
You can also access sales information though another service called
Credit.net, although their web address is www.businesscreditusa.com.
You can see a sample report of the information they offer here:
and you can even try a free trial of their services at:
These folks are affiliated with Reference USA, and provide very
similar information, so if the public library option doesn't work out
for you, Credit.net is an awfully good alternative. They offer
unlimited access to their records for a subscription of $75/month, so
they are certainly worth considering.
I trust these services will meet your needs for sales information on
However, before rating this answer, please let me know if there's
anything else you need. Just post a Request for Clarification, and
I'll be happy to assist you further.
All the best in the new year ahead...