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 Investment Chapter

The UK Book Retailers industry has a low level of capital intensity. IBISWorld expects industry operators in the industry to spend £15.46 on labour for every £1.00 spent on capital in 2014-15. Historically, book retailing was regarded as a labour-intensive industry, as staff were required to undertake a number of activities including store display, stock taking and customer service. However, the increasing use of online retailing alongside physical shops has raised capital costs because retailers have to invest in computing equipment, systems and procedures in order to operate as online traders. However, this has been offset to a certain degree by the need to offer greater levels of service in order to compete with online bookshops... 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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