Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
Over the past five years, the Toy Retailers industry has been influenced by increasing competition, fluctuations in disposable income, consumer confidence and trends in the proportion of the UK population aged under 15. Industry revenue is expected to rise at a gradual compound annual rate of 0.4% to £1.46 billion over the five years through 2013-14. This is mainly the result of the collapse of external competitor Woolworths and the subsequent flight of custom to industry operators in 2009-10, which caused a 19.4% jump in industry revenue. Revenue is estimated to contract by 0.8% in the current year, but this figure is still an improvement on the figures for the previous three years... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter
Despite its use of computerised scanning equipment and electronic cash registers, toy retailing is regarded as a labour-intensive industry, so it has a low capital-to-labour ratio. IBISWorld estimates that, in 2013-14, UK toy retailers will operate with a capital-to-labour ratio of 0.1:1. Capital intensity has fallen slightly from five years earlier because wages have increased slightly as a proportion of revenue.
The industry requires store personnel to undertake a number of tasks, which include assisting consumers with their purchase decisions, processing transactions, stock control and creating and maintaining store displays. The introduction of technology has effectively assisted retailers with their daily operations and made processes such as inventory control more efficient... purchase to read more