Book Retailers in the UK: Market Research Report

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

One for the books: Competition from online has closed the chapter on smaller retailers

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 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 7.6% over the period, industry operators have faced a tough trading landscape. This unfortunate story is predominantly the result of increasing competition exerted on the industry by external operators such as supermarkets, 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 actually been signs of hope over the past year. Physical book sales have been somewhat rejuvenated, while sales of e-readers has been lacklustre... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

The UK Book Retailers industry has followed a tragic narrative over the majority of the past five years, with sales dropping at an estimated compound annual rate of 7.6%. The decline has been partly due to low consumer confidence and reduced household disposable income, although the rise of online retailers and e-books have been the key obstacles that the industry has struggled to overcome. Increased online competition and the decline of printed media show that the book market is evolving and book retailers are struggling to stay relevant.

An unexpected plot twist

Demand for physical books has been more resilient than many observers had previously thought. Furthermore, bricks-and-mortar stores have also fought back against the online revolution... 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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