Written off: Increasing digitalisation has lowered industry demand and caused revenue to fall

Operating conditions have been difficult for newsagents and stationery retailers over the past five years. Industry operators have had to operate in a tough trading environment and have faced declining newspaper circulation numbers, and increasing competition from external players, including online retailers. As a result, industry revenue is forecast to decline at a compound annual rate of 4.4% over the five years through 2018-19. In the current year, revenue is expected to fall by 4.2% to £3.1 billion.Over the past five years, an increasing number of retailers such as supermarkets, convenience stores and petrol stations have been incorporating industry products into their own offerings, which has drawn demand away from specialised newsagents and stationery stores...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Increasing external competition has lowered industry demand, causing revenue to decline
  • The National Living Wage has increased costs owing to the labour-intensive nature of the industry
  • Price competition means operators are unlikely to pass on cost increases resulting from the weak pound
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    Products offered by newsagents and stationery retailers can be divided into four categories: stationery, greetings cards, newspapers and magazines, and other goods. The relative share of industry sales generated by each category is influenced by external factors such as mounting price-based competition from supermarkets, convenience stores and department stores, and the rising popularity of reading newspapers online as opposed to purchasing a physical copy.StationeryStationery dominates the industry and is expected to account for 65% of revenue in 2018-19. Stationery is sold by almost all industry operators in some capacity, from specialist stationers such as Ryman to small selections sold in newsagents. Pro...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Newsagents & Stationery Stores Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Newsagents & Stationery Stores Industry are

  • Ability to control stock on hand
  • Attractive product presentation
  • Effective product promotion
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Total online expenditure and IT and telecommunications adoption in the Newsagents & Stationery Stores industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Newsagents & Stationery Stores Industry?

    Operators in this industry primarily sell newspapers, magazines, greetings cards and stationery, including office supplies. Products are sourced from a variety of local and international suppliers and sold chiefly to consumers and businesses.

    Industry Products
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Greetings cards
  • Stationery
  • Other goods
  • Industry Activities
  • Newspaper and magazine retailing
  • Stationery retailing
  • Greetings card retailing
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Total online expenditure
  • IT and telecommunications adoption
  • Real household disposable income
  • Consumer confidence index
  • Demand from supermarkets
  • Number of school students

  • Current Performance
  • Competition grows
  • Newspaper circulation
  • Profit performance
  • Adding value
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Online competition
  • Consumer confidence
  • Innovative services
  • Industry profit
  • SOHO opportunities
  • Table: Newsagents & Stationery Stores Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Newsagents & Stationery Stores Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Book Publishing
  • Confectionery Wholesaling
  • Wholesale of Other Household Goods

  • Products & Services
  • Stationery
  • Greetings cards
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Other goods
  • Chart: Newsagents & Stationery Stores Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Consumer and business variables
  • Paper prices
  • Digital communication

  • Major Markets
  • Private consumers
  • SOHO consumers
  • Professional consumers
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Newsagents & Stationery Stores Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Rent, utilities and depreciation
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Newsagents & Stationery Stores

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Newsagents & Stationery Stores Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    WH Smith plc, McColl's Retail Group plc,
  • Table: WH Smith plc - financial performance
  • Table: McColl's Retail Group plc - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Newsagents & Stationery Stores Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Newsagents & Stationery Stores Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Similar to a postcard or greetings card, only it is created using digital media instead of paper or other traditional materials.
  • Newspaper Circulation
  • The number of newspaper copies distributed on an average day.
  • Soho
  • Stands for small office and home office.
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