Industry reports provide a level of information about a specific industry that goes beyond what you would find in a regular business article. Many articles about an industry assume that the reader has knowledge about that industry which is not always the case. Industry reports provide context about conditions and trends in an industry which give meaning to what the reader will then find in journal or newspaper articles.
While industry reports provide the reader with an overview of an industry, that perspective is not always enough. Business articles fill in the gaps of details that reports may not cover as well as often providing up-to-date current news that may not be reflected in an industry report.