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Book Retailers in the UK: Market Research Report

Market Research • Market Size • Industry Statistics • Industry Analysis • Industry Trends

Book Retailers Market Research Report | SIC G47.610 | Nov 2016

Turning the page: A resurgence of book sales is expected to support revenue growth

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.

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 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Book retailers have struggled through a difficult chapter over the five years through 2016-17. Industry operators have faced a tough trading landscape, with revenue expected to contract at a compound annual rate of 3.7% over the period. This is predominantly the result of increasing competition exerted on the industry by external operators, such as supermarkets and online retailers, and the falling popularity of physical books. The performance of book retailers has also been affected by fluctuations in the level of real household disposable income and consumer confidence.

Despite this negative narrative, there have been signs of improvement over the past two years. Physical book sales have been somewhat rejuvenated as sales of e-readers have slowed... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

IBISWorld estimates that the industry has a high level of market concentration. The top four players are expected to account for 84.1% of industry revenue in 2016-17. The two largest players are high-street retail brands Waterstones and WH Smith. Together, these companies are expected to account for 74.6% of industry revenue in 2016-17. Concentration at the top of the industry has changed slightly since the exit of Borders in 2009, which was a major player in the industry with an estimated 15% share of the market when it closed. The exit of Borders left the only significant competition from within the industry from smaller bookshop chains, Blackwells and Foyles, and the growing discount book chain the Works.

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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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