Book Retailers in the UK: Market Research Report

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Book Retailers Market Research Report | SIC G47.610 | Feb 2014

In the bad books: Retailers that have not embraced the internet are exiting the industry

IBISWorld’s Book Retailers market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Waterstones Booksellers Ltd Waterstones Booksellers Ltd market share
WH Smith plc WH Smith plc market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 09-14
Annual Growth 14-19
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Book retailers have struggled through a difficult chapter over the five years through 2013-14. With revenue expected to contract at a compound annual rate of 7.3% over the period, industry operators have faced a tough trading landscape. This unfortunate story is partly the result of increasing competition exerted on the industry by external operators such as supermarkets, internet retailers and the growing popularity of e-books, which are rewriting the way consumers enjoy text. The performance of book retailers has also been affected by fluctuations in the level of real household disposable income and subdued consumer confidence.

Industry revenue is expected to contract by 3.2% in 2013-14, to £1.3 billion... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

In the UK Book Retailers industry the barriers to entry are considered to be medium. Buying a shop and acquiring stock may not be prohibitively expensive, but the level of competition and the declining industry means that the many potential independent operators may be discouraged from starting up a store. Businesses require initial capital to set up a shop and acquire stock, however the products are relatively inexpensive compared to stocking electronic goods, for example. Establishing a business with a profitable business plan may be difficult in an industry characterised by generally low margins. Book wholesalers supply products to this industry at a discount, which may be as high as 35%, but this may be dependent on the size of the order... purchase to read more


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What is the Book Retailers Industry?

Industry participants are primarily engaged in the retail sale of new printed books of all genres. The industry purchases book titles from publishers or distributors to sell at the retail level. The industry does not include online book retailers who do not own physical store locations (see G47.910) or second hand bookshops (see G47.790).

Industry Products
Adult non-fiction trade titlesAdult fiction trade titlesChildren's, young adult and educational titlesAdult non-fiction specialist titles
Industry Activities
Non-fiction book retailingFiction book retailingChildren's book retailingEducational book retailing

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