A Look at the Top 25 Industry Profiles for 2020

If you’re like me, you are ready to kick 2020 to the curb! It’s been a year when…


Golf Courses Rake in the Green Amid the Pandemic

So many businesses have struggled to stay afloat during the pandemic, in part…


Let the Shopping Season Begin: Internet, TV & Mail-Order Retailers

You know the big guys — Amazon, eBay, QVC, L.L. Bean — but there are a lot more…


Some Retail and Food Services Sales Gaining, Others Continue to Slump

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released data on estimated retail and food services…


July Construction Spending Offers Some Optimism, Some Stagnation

Last week, we shared some positive news about residential construction in the U.S.…


Building Confidence: Residential Construction Shows Signs of Hope

On Friday, the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban…


May Retail & Food Service Data Improves as Shutdowns Ease

The U.S. Census Bureau’s May 2020 retail and food service data was released on June…


Industry Spotlight: Grocery Stores

The nation’s 41,000 grocery stores have experienced a raucous 2020, due in large…


Math Meets Civics: Education Job Numbers Plummet During Pandemic

Earlier this week, I shared with you the detrimental financial impacts the COVID-19…


Why is the Healthcare Industry Suffering Financially During a Pandemic?

Last week, I shared with you some of the industries that have been hardest-hit by…


These Industries are Among the Pandemic’s Hardest Hit

At Vertical IQ, we recently have focused our research efforts on monitoring the…


Industry Spotlight: Candy Manufacturers

The sweet smell of love is in the air…oh wait, no…that’s candy that I smell! The…


Industry Spotlight: Jewelry Stores

December is the month when the nation’s 15,200 jewelry stores really shine! Indeed,…


Industry Spotlight: Commercial Equipment Rental and Leasing

Despite the credit risks inherent to commercial equipment rental and leasing…


Industry Focus: A Look at The Financial Health of Fitness Centers

They say that beach bodies are made during the winter, and most fitness centers DO…


Industry Spotlight: Child Care Centers

School may be out for the next few months, but thankfully for America’s working…


Industry Focus: All Eyes on Optometry Practices

Given recent industry growth and their relatively safe credit risk, optometry…


Industry Spotlight: Convenience Stores

In the late 1990s, as a banker in Wilmington, North Carolina, one of my best…


Industry Spotlight: Physician Practices

As cold and flu season kicks into high gear around the holidays, a lot of folks…


Industry Spotlight: Machine Shops

Look around your office: Every chair, lamp, pen, and coffee mug likely was made…


Industry Spotlight: Breweries

Are you a beer aficionado? There’s no doubt that people in the U.S. enjoy knocking…


Industry Spotlight: Calling on Law Offices

When I was a private banker in the late ‘90s in Wilmington, North Carolina, I found…


What’s the Big Deal About Dental Practices?

Dental practices and other privately-owned medical practices have long been…