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 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 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 Locations Chapter

The geographic distribution of specialised book retailers tends to follow that of general population, household income and general business activity. London is home to most book-retailing establishments with an estimated 16.2% share. In 2014-15, the regions with the highest numbers of business locations are London, the South East and the South West, which together contain 41.2% of industry establishments. Approximately 35% of the population is located in these regions, while London and the South East have the highest levels of disposable income in the United Kingdom, according to latest data from the Office for National Statistics... 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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