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"Modern misusage of the word"[edit]

I've commented out the following two paragraphs, added by anonymous user a bit over a month ago:

Industry is commonly understood as business population and workforce. With no doubt, industries means more than one industry. Despite this common sense, the 21st Century youth generation has mistaken the word as a substitute for clothing company. Possibly inspired by big name companies like World Industries and Skin Industries, which are neither technically industries in the original sense of the word.
Today many small t-shirt labels borrow the word for their names, knowing their company is composed of less than 10 teenagers, hardly an industry, let alone industries.

They're rather poorly-written and unclear, they read like a whiny old man ("21st Century youth generation"?), and they generally seem to have no point. —Simetrical (talk) 02:33, 1 Feb 2005 (UTC)


industrial waste ... heat pollution = types of waste

Where's the industry data? What's all the reported income statements and balance sheets revenue and assets, by industry? Or at least the Fortune 500 by industry and their revenue, employees, earnings, assets and so on.--Jerryseinfeld 20:28, 12 Apr 2005 (UTC)

One thing I noticed was that Yahoo! use the Reuters industry categorization. Yahoo! include market cap, so to figure out the revenue of a category take market cap from Yahoo! and p/s from Reuters. Consumer Financial Services: Market Capitalization: 250B, P/Sales (ttm) 2.51. So the annual revenue is 250/2.51 billion.


  • Consumer Financial Services - revenue: 100 billion (250/2.51)

I need a census of industries of the southeast region![edit]

Does any one know where to find one?

Sure, this is a good source:


Should this article have a cleanup tag? 06:10, 30 December 2005 (UTC)

This article has been tagged since December 2006 for cleanup, making it one of the oldest articles marked for cleanup. What, in terms of WP:MOS, still needs to be done before this tag is taken off of the article. Barkeep Chat | $ 14:42, 23 November 2010 (UTC)

Upper right pic[edit]

I dunno how to fix this, but there is a problem with the picture in the upper right over lapping the text.

Merge discussion[edit]

I suggest that all of the parts that say "Main article:" should be merged into this article, seeing as none of them are very large and it seems it would be better to have all the info on one page. ILovePlankton 22:23, 13 November 2006 (UTC)

Intro edit[edit]

The intro needs severe revision. For instance, this paragraph:

"Without industries we would not have the opportunity to enjoy the goods we have today. The industries just came along as discoveries from scientists such as Newton and Einstein made improvements to the modern world making manufacturing a reality. Industries are linked to each other and that is why we see the beauty of the world as it is today."

It has an undeniable pro-industry bias. In addition, it is vauge and says little that is concrete about industry. (Yes, industries create many goods, but who enjoys these "goods"? What are the goods in the first place? And how exactly is "the beauty of the world" related to indrustry?) It and the rest of the intro need severe revamping, especially in relation to WP:NPOV. I am not arguing that pro-industry opinion should not be covered. However, it should be labelled as such, and put in a section labelled "Opinion on industry", with opposing opinions given coverage as well.

I've cleaned up part of the intro so it's not POV, but it still jumps around a bit and contains parts that might be repeated twice. Sorry about that. I'm not even sure what to do with these and other problems with it, so I'm marking it with the Cleanup tag. As always in Wikipedia, feel free to put anything back in that you think was stronger or more accurate in the previous draft. I make as many mistakes as anyone. Kennard2 00:21, 29 December 2006 (UTC)

Also, I left a couple minor edits that I labelled as "dummy edits" because I thought those were edits to correct small mistakes right after saving that page. My bad. Kennard2 00:34, 29 December 2006 (UTC)


It's my thought that the "Industry" article should be a portal leading to information regarding many different industries etc. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by OneRyt (talkcontribs) 18:49, 25 January 2007 (UTC).

Industry vs. manufacturing[edit]

What's the difference between industry and manufacturing? How do they overlap? Seems that we need to work this out before embarking on a major rewrite (which the article does desperately need). (So does [[manufacturing--.) -- Rob C. alias Alarob 00:38, 10 July 2007 (UTC)

No real definition of what industry is![edit]

What is industry exactly? What are the key things that must be in it to call it an industry? It seems there are a lot descriptions of what an industry does - but not what it truly is. There must be some key requirements to being called an industry, surely.

Industry is the production of any material goods except agricultural goods. Simple. -- (talk) 15:01, 10 December 2013 (UTC)

more links, references and proof plz[edit]

you people just write stuff there and put in lists without any value, proof or references, the only source is a link to a dictionary wth??? --Economicdefenceleague (talk) 18:26, 21 December 2011 (UTC)


I cleaned up the lead section a bit. I put the stuff about industry sectors into a new section, deleted redundant sentences, and removed some bullet items that didn't seem to fit with anything else. I also removed the cleanup tag that stated that the lead section needed to be cleaned up, but I won't be offended if you put it back.. the article still needs a lot of work. Marla the Mop (talk) 21:14, 11 June 2013 (UTC)

Bold statement[edit]

"Many developed countries and many developing/semi-developed countries (People's Republic of China, India etc.) depend significantly on industry."

That's a bold statement, please think about it once more. Just because of the outsouring of our industries into development countries it doesn't mean that our economies don't strongly depend on those industries. Especially the trading and distribution sector. Without those foreign industries our economies would go down within a minute. So therefore we are the ones that became dependent on the development countries, not the other way round. Think about that twice. -- (talk) 15:11, 10 December 2013 (UTC)

Incorrect examples under Industry classification[edit]

In the table of sector definitions, examples of tertiary jobs are given as teachers and managers. However, from the reading I've been doing, these jobs fall into the quaternary sector. Page 363 of this paper that introduces the quaternary sector ( says that the tertiary sector is mainly transportation and trade (retail/wholesale). No SIC major groups ( past #59 are included in its definition of the tertiary sector. Teachers (#82) and managers (#87) are both clearly listed under the quaternary sector. I'm going to replace the example in the article, but I wanted to start this talk topic in case my limited research is mistaken. Input welcome.

Tedsanders (talk) 23:03, 28 July 2014 (UTC)