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Magazine Publishers in the UK: Market Research Report

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

Magazine Publishers Market Research Report | SIC J58.142 | Jan 2017

Paper-thin performance: Publishers are set to struggle as print readership continues to fall

IBISWorld’s Magazine Publishers market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
IPC Media IPC Media market share
The National Magazine Company Ltd The National Magazine Company Ltd market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The UK Magazine Publishers industry produces and distributes magazines and periodicals in print and electronic format aimed at individuals, tradesmen and professionals. The industry is split between consumer-targeted magazines, which comprise approximately 85% of the industry, and professional periodicals, which make up the remaining share.

The industry's two main sources of revenue, advertising and print sales, both fell as operators struggled to cope with falling print sales and significant online competition. Several industry operators have transformed their business models in an effort to compete more effectively in this climate but these changes are yet to bear fruit... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

The top four firms in the industry are expected to account for 17.7% of industry revenue in 2016-17, so the industry is classified as having a low level of market share concentration. The latest industry data indicates that less than 1% of magazine publishers employ over 250 staff members, whereas 69.7% have fewer than five employees. The level of concentration in the industry is expected to decrease over the five years through 2016-17 as the kinds of general, wide-appeal magazines that larger businesses produce suffer a greater decline in circulation figures than niche magazines, which are often the preserve of smaller businesses.

As the industry moves towards a digital format, concentration is expected to decrease further while the proportion of small businesses rises. A s.. purchase to read more


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What is the Magazine Publishers Industry?

This industry produces and distributes magazines and periodicals that provide entertainment or lifestyle information for individuals, and information for trades or professions. It also includes newsletters, customer magazines produced for businesses and radio and TV guides. The industry's products can be published in print or electronic form, including on the internet.

Industry Products
Professional periodicalsEntertainment magazinesGeneral-interest magazinesHome and living magazinesCurrent affairs magazinesOther periodicals
Industry Activities
Writing and editing contentResearching materialDesigning graphics and layoutDistributing magazines

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