What are some of the best free (or almost free) sources of updated and historical industry data, analysis, and comparative benchmark information?
For example: Restaruant industry average food and labor cost, or average occupancy rates and average daily rooom rates for hotels, etc.
I have access to Standard & Poors reports and data via the investment firm that is host to my retirement accounts. However, for those who do not have such access, the cost to obtain the info from S&P is quite expensive. I wonder if there are in-depth sources out there that are free or nearly free.
There are several different government sources that are free and accurate. Many other commercial sources actually rehash government data.
You could use this source for free industry data, reports and forecasts: http://datacenter.businessplaninternational.com/1020-Food-Stores