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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 is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

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 Analysis Chapter

The UK Book Retailers industry struggled over the past decade as online sales took off, stealing demand from brick-and-mortar stores. During the five years through 2015-16, industry revenue is expected to fall at a compound annual rate of 2.3% to reach £1 billion. The decline of the industry was exacerbated by low consumer confidence and reduced household disposable income early in the period. Increased online competition has weighed on the industry and book retailers are struggling to stay relevant as the market digitalises. However, an apparent resurgence of physical books sales is expected to stop the fall in industry revenue during the current year. The industry is characterised by a relatively small workforce, with average wages generally in line with the minimum wage... 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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