Getting Started with Bloomberg

Provides an overview of how to use Bloomberg at SMU

Bloomberg Industry

Bloomberg Industries combines the insight from industry analysts with comprehensive data, in order to provide users with a a complete view of an industry and its key constituents. To access Bloomberg Industries enter BI <GO>.

Bloomberg Industries covers over 100 industries across the following Sectors: Communications; Consumer Discretionary; Consumer Staples; Energy; Financials; Health Care; Industrials: Materials; Technology; & Utilities.

Each industry home page features individual modules - Analysis, Data Library, & Monitor - allowing users to locate deeper industry information.  



BI analysis incorporates data as it becomes available and presents it with live links to charts, reports and other tools.

Primer on Apparel Retailors

Data Library 

The Data Library features data-sets specific for each industry and includes macro and industry factors as well as company-level operating, financial and valuation statistics.

Market Share for Specialty Apparel Stores


The Monitor module provides real-time access to data and news, specific to an industry.

News & Research for the Apparel Industry


Download & Export

Two ways to export Bloomberg data into Excel 

  1. Use the Excel Plug-in. Open up Excel first, click on Bloomberg, then import data. A new screen will open where you can enter your data selections.
  2. Export from Bloomberg into Excel. This exporting capability is limited to certain data elements within Bloomberg. When available, this function will be listed under Options Please note: Not all data can be exported

Copying and pasting tables from Bloomberg to Excel

  1. Place cursor at the corner of table in Bloomberg.
  2. Click and drag the data you would like to copy.  Bloomberg will copy text/data automatically without Ctrl + C.
  3. In Excel, press Ctrl + V to paste the data.
  4. Click on Data menu from the top in the Excel screen and select "Text to Columns..."
  5. Select "Fixed width-general."


To save a screen go to Export, click on Grab Screen. Not all screens can be saved.  You can also type GRAB <GO>

Business Library Workshops

Register for and learn more about Business Library workshops, led by Business Library librarians, that focus on the information you will need to successfully complete your research.

Business Library Workshops: