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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

IBISWorld’s Book Retailers market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

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
Revenue
£995m
Annual Growth 10-15
-8.0%
Annual Growth 15-20
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Profit
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Employment
8,869
Businesses
980
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 Analysis Chapter

The UK Book Retailers industry has followed a tragic narrative over the five years through 2014-15, with sales dropping at a compound annual rate of 8%. The decline is partly due to low consumer confidence and reduced household disposable income, which have contributed to the decline of high-street retailers, but also a more significant long-term trend away from specialist bookshops and printed media. The changing nature of the book retailing market has led industry revenue to contract from £1.5 billion in 2009-10 to an estimated £994.6 million in 2014-15. Revenue is forecast to fall by 4.4% in 2014-15... 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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