Book Retailers in the UK: Market Research Report

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Book Retailers Market Research Report | SIC G47.610 | Dec 2015

A new chapter: The industry is expected to grow marginally despite online competition

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
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 11-16
Annual Growth 16-21
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Book retailers have struggled through a difficult chapter over the five years through 2015-16. Industry operators have faced a tough trading landscape, with revenue expected to contract at a compound annual rate of 2.3% over the period. This is predominantly 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. The performance of book retailers has also been affected by fluctuations in the level of real household disposable income and subdued consumer confidence.

Despite this negative narrative, there have been signs of improvement over the past year. Physical book sales have been somewhat rejuvenated as sales of e-readers have slowed... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

This Book Retailers industry is in the decline stage of its life cycle, which is characterised by a saturated product market, revenue contraction and a decline in enterprise numbers. Industry value added is expected to fall at a compound annual rate of 1.3% over the 10 years through 2020-21. Over the same period the UK economy is forecast to expand at a compound annual rate of 2.1%. This indicates that the Book Retailers industry is slowing its contribution to the economy, and is further indicative of the decline phase of its life cycle.

Profit margins are expected fall over much of the 10 years, as competition in the industry is largely price based... 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. 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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