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 Products Chapter
Products sold by the UK Book Retailers industry can be segmented into four main types: adult non-fiction trade titles; adult fiction trade titles; children's, young adult and educational titles; and adult non-fiction specialist titles. According to book sales data collected by Nielsen, the largest segment by revenue is adult non-fiction trade titles, however this has been on the decline in the five years through 2014-15. Children's titles have proven particularly resistant to the threat from the growth of online e-book sales and this segment has expanded.
Adult non-fiction trade titles
Adult non-fiction is by far the bestselling category for UK book retailers and is expected to constitute 38.9% of revenue in 2014-15... purchase to read more