The Historical Business Database provides a snapshot of the U.S. Verified Business Database for any given year between 1997 through the present. Updated annually, this file provides a means to analyze business trends over time. Analysis can be done at the industry level, market level or at the individual chain/brand level. Understand which brands are opening or closing at a higher clip than their peers; learn which industries are growing or shrinking; identify which geographic regions are developing or declining.