Book Retailers in the UK: Market Research Report

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

Hard times: Online retailing causes firms to struggle and closes the chapter on some retailers

The Book Retailers market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
The Works Stores Limited The Works Stores Limited market share
Waterstones Booksellers Ltd Waterstones Booksellers Ltd market share
WH Smith plc WH Smith plc market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 10-15
Annual Growth 15-20
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Book retailers have struggled through a difficult chapter over the five years through 2014-15. With revenue expected to contract at a compound annual rate of 8% 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 and online 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 4.4% in 2014-15 to reach £994.6 million... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

Products sold by the UK Book Retailers industry can be segmented into four main types: adult non-fiction trade titles; adult fiction trade titles; children's, young adult and educational titles; and adult non-fiction specialist titles. According to book sales data collected by Nielsen, the largest segment by revenue is adult non-fiction trade titles, however this has been on the decline in the five years through 2014-15. Children's titles have proven particularly resistant to the threat from the growth of online e-book sales and this segment has expanded.

Adult non-fiction trade titles

Adult non-fiction is by far the bestselling category for UK book retailers and is expected to constitute 38.9% of revenue in 2014-15... purchase to read more


Industry ProductsRelated ReportsTable of Contents

What is the Book Retailers Industry?

Industry participants are primarily engaged in the retail sale of new printed books of all genres. Industry operators purchase 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 IBISWorld report G47.910) or second-hand bookshops (see IBISWorld report 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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