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Book Retailers in the UK: Market Research Report

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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 can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.

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 Analysis Chapter

The Book Retailers industry struggled over the past decade as online sales took off, stealing demand from brick-and-mortar stores. During the five years through 2016-17, industry revenue is expected to fall at a compound annual rate of 3.7% to reach £948.3 million. The decline of the industry was exacerbated by low consumer confidence and reduced household disposable income early in the period. Increased online competition has weighed on the industry and book retailers are struggling to stay relevant as the market digitalises. According to latest data published by the Booksellers Association, the total number of books sold in the United Kingdom has dropped by approximately 33 million between 2011-12 and 2014-15. Thi.. 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. 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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