Market research in LexisNexis

Many databases cover listed companies. When you are doing research on specific markets in countries or regions, it is also important to have some (basic) knowledge that includes unlisted companies. That way you can get a better idea of the whole market. Only a few specific databases also cover unlisted companies and offer the option to find out how many companies are active in a specific industry/market and therefore get a better idea of the whole market.

A large database that allows you to do market research is LexisNexis. This database covers very many companies worlwide. Depending on the information source or licensed module you get more or less information on each specific company. In earlier posts I told about the sources and how the interface has changed in the Academic version of LexisNexis. On the left side of your sceen it is now possible to create lists of companies:

  •  In the menu on the left side in your screen: select the option “International Companies
  •  Now click the option “Create a Company list

Using industry classification codes like SIC (Standard Industry Classification) or NAICS (North AMerican Industry Classification System) you can make your lists. If you click the “SIC Lookup” or the “NAICS Lookup” option you will go to a new screen where you can search and browse through the code systems. When you select all the codes you need you can click OK to go back to the previous screen.

After combining the search with one or more geographic locations you click the “Create” button to get a list of companies. A preview screen will appear with the top ten companies. In the top right corner a red button is available to customize the list and include some standard items. They are grouped in three categories: Contact information, Company profile, and Financial information. Example:


After selecting the information you want you can click on the button “Update Company list” to create the final list. You can export the full list to Microsoft Excel using the button “Download Selected Items“. Example:

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