Book Retailers in the UK: Market Research Report

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Book Retailers Market Research Report | SIC G47.610 | Feb 2014

In the bad books: Retailers that have not embraced the internet are exiting the industry

IBISWorld’s Book Retailers market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.

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Market Share of Companies
Waterstones Booksellers Ltd Waterstones Booksellers Ltd market share
WH Smith plc WH Smith plc market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 09-14
Annual Growth 14-19
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Book retailers have struggled through a difficult chapter over the five years through 2013-14. With revenue expected to contract at a compound annual rate of 7.3% 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, internet 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 3.2% in 2013-14, to £1.3 billion... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

The Book Retailers industry in the United Kingdom has followed a tragic narrative over the five years through 2013-14, with sales contracting at a compound annual growth rate of 7.3%. The decline is partly a reflection of low consumer confidence and loss of 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 fall from £1.9 billion in 2008-09 to an estimated £1.3 billion by 2013-14. Revenue is forecast to contract by 3.2% in 2013-14, following a 2.7% decline in 2012-13... 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. The industry purchases 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 G47.910) or second hand bookshops (see 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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