Forgot Password?

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

The Book Retailers market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

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
Purchase to read more
Purchase to read more
Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Discount book retailers gained market share by competing on price with online retailers
  • The success of disount book retailers is expected to have lowered industry profitability
  • Consumers will be able to reserve products online via a new website, which could boost sales
  • ... purchase to read more

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 Locations Chapter

The geographic distribution of specialised book retailers largely follows that of general population, household income and general business activity. London is home to the most book-retailing establishments with an estimated 17.5% share. In 2016-17, the regions with the highest numbers of business locations are London, the South East and the South West, which together account for 42.2% of industry establishments. Approximately 35% of the population is located in these regions, while London and the South East have the highest levels of disposable income in the United Kingdom, according to latest data from the Office for National Statistics.

.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Book Retailers Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Book Retailers Industry are

  • Ability to alter goods and services produced in favour of market conditions
  • Ability to raise revenue from additional sources
  • Access to niche markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Total online expenditure and Demand from book publishing in the Book Retailers industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


    Industry ProductsRelated Reports

    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

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Total online expenditure
  • Demand from book publishing
  • Real household disposable income
  • Consumer confidence index
  • Demand from supermarkets
  • Current Performance
  • Easy reading
  • Operating online
  • Profit falls
  • A new chapter
  • Colouring books
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Changing focus
  • Online assistance
  • Small stores
  • Table: Book Retailers Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Book Retailers Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Book Publishing
  • Wholesale of Other Household Goods
  • Products & Services
  • Adult non-fiction trade titles
  • Children's, young adult and educational titles
  • Adult fiction trade titles
  • Adult non-fiction specialist titles
  • Chart: Book Retailers Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Consumers aged between 45 and 54
  • Consumers aged between 55 and 64
  • Consumers aged between 35 and 44
  • Consumers aged between 25 and 34
  • Consumers aged under 25
  • Consumers aged over 65
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Book Retailers Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Book Retailers
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Book Retailers Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Waterstones Booksellers Ltd
    WH Smith plc
    The Works Stores Limited
  • Table: Waterstones Booksellers Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: WH Smith plc - financial performance
  • Table: The Works Stores Limited - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Book Retailers Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Book Retailers Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Academic Book
  • A book from which a person can gain knowledge on a particular topic. These books are often used for study.
  • E-Book
  • A book in electronic format that can be read on a computer or downloaded to a portable reading device.
  • E-Reader
  • A handheld device on which electronic versions of books can be read.
  • Hardboard Books
  • A children's book that has a hard cover and thick pages to make it durable for young children.
  • Specialised Bookshops
  • Bricks-and-mortar stores that focus on the sale of physical books.
  • Trade Title
  • An ordinary edition of a book.

  • Why Buy this Report?
    IBISWorld industry market research reports enable you to:
    • Find out about key industry trends
    • Identify threats and opportunities
    • Inform your decisions for marketing, strategy and planning
    • Quickly build competitive intelligence
    This report on Book Retailers:
    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
    • Helps you understand market dynamics to give you a deeper understanding of industry competition and the supply chain.
    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Book Retailers market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

    IBISWorld reports on thousands of industries around the world. Our clients rely on our information and data to stay up-to-date on industry trends across all industries. With this IBISWorld Industry Research Report on Book Retailers, you can expect thoroughly researched, reliable and current information that will help you to make faster, better business decisions.

    View Sample
    Select Clients
    Back to Top