Statistics that sell

I've been researching what companies are out there, and today I found several companies that sold data and statistics about other companies. I never fully realized how much of these IT companies were there; it was somewhat difficult to find companies of low-technology, like food and beverages, but every once in a while a new IT startup pops up on my job search feed. I thought it is interesting that a lot of products are data and statistics itself, rather than a tangible thing or task-related services. I have only seen statistics in perspective of a student, but more recently they seem more like commodities.